In this special, reader-funded series begun during the 2015-2016 "Godzilla" El Niño, Bay Nature goes beyond the media hyperbole to explore what this Pacific Ocean phenomenon means -- and doesn't -- for Northern California.

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What Lurks Beneath

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A small research team sets out in the search for a potential ocean killer. But in this unusual year, nature is not cooperating with her interrogators.