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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The Fish We Never Knew


The Galapagos damselfish exists only in the specimens collection at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the victim of an unusually strong El Nino. Thoughts on the fish, and its lessons in a changing world.