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Walking The Bay Trail

July 19, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

After years working in office buildings, marketing executive Corinne DeBra was ready to get outside - and get outside she did! In 2009 she launched a walk around the entire perimeter of San Francisco Bay - logging 1,000 miles. Two years later, she decided to do it again.

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A virtual tour of the Bay Area’s Seafloor

July 12, 2012 by Bay Nature

Ever wonder what the ocean bed would look like in and around the San Francisco Bay Area sans water? The ...

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Bat Rays in San Francisco Bay

May 15, 2012 by Joe Eaton

What’s the cutest fish in the sea? To some biologists, it’s the bat ray, which cruises along the floor of local bays and estuaries, chomping on clams and other creatures. Maybe it’s time to make bottom-feeder a term of endearment! Springtime is breeding time for these friendly fish.

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Trawling for Plastic in SF Bay

October 01, 2011 by Aleta George

Researchers plan to head out this winter looking for micro-plastic in the Bay. Their first-ever trawl last winter turned up concentrations that actually weren’t as bad as some recorded in other waterways. But that might just mean we’re sending more plastic to the Pacific.

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Top Shark: This One Goes to Seven!

July 01, 2011 by Michael Ellis

The biggest shark in the Bay is the seven-gill--with two more gill slits than the average shark. Why the extras? Well, turns out they’re probably an evolutionary accident, but these are still fascinating animals--up to 10 feet long, and swimming right out there in the Bay!

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High Time For Harbor Seal Pupping

April 22, 2011 by Erica Reder

Unlike sea lions and elephant seals, harbor seals shun attention. A harbor seal may flee at the slightest disturbance, and mothers have been known to abandon pups when harassed. Late April is peak pupping time, so watch out when you are kayaking on the Bay or walking certain beaches.

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Story Update: Subtleties of the Subtidal

February 15, 2011 by R. Adam Chasey

This past October, we reported on a landmark plan to preserve and restore the subtidal habitats of the San Francisco Bay – thousands of acres that sit mostly out of sight and out of mind below the surface of the Bay. In late January, the Final San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report addressing this plan was released.

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Saving the Bay’s Sharks

October 01, 2010 by Aleta George

October 2010 is the second-annual Sharktoberfest--time to celebrate and learn about these critical predators of the Bay: sevengill cowsharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish, and more.

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Subtleties of the Subtidal

October 01, 2010 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

San Francisco Bay is both familiar and mysterious. Millions see it every day, yet we almost never glimpse beneath the steely surface. From eelgrass and oyster beds to mudflats and sand waves, there’s a lot to learn about. An innovative coalition is working to set an agenda for 50 years of research and restoration that will illuminate and resuscitate the vast wilderness below the lowest tides.

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New Plan for the “Hidden Bay”

June 18, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

Every day, millions of people drive over it on a half dozen bridges. Ferries and freighters cross it. Windsurfers and kayakers and boaters ply its waters. It's the picture-postcard backdrop for thousands of tourists along the San Francisco waterfront. And yet much of the real action in San Francisco Bay is hidden from us beneath murky waters. A new plan aims to change that...

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