Environment & Science

A New Hope for an Endangered SoCal Species

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Somewhere in the ocean off Southern California, there's an effort underway to help the endangered white abalone make a comeback.

Their numbers have been decimated by decades of overfishing and disease - but a project to revive the species recently hit a critical milestone.

In a secret spot off the greater Los Angeles coast, thousands of the shellfish that were born and painstakingly raised in tanks are now getting their first taste of freedom.