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The Ocean

Stories about the Pacific Ocean.

Why Did So Many Jellyfish Wash Onto Bay Beaches This Spring?

May 29, 2018 by Eve Minkin

Why are so many jellyfish washing up in the San Francisco Bay this spring?

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How Long Does It Take to Restore a Population of Centenarian Fish?

January 02, 2018 by Serena Ingalls

The yelloweye rockfish can live to be 118 years old. It was declared overfished more than a decade ago, but recovery means patience.

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First-Ever Photos from the Seafloor a Mile Beneath Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary

September 25, 2017 by Eric Simons

Remote operated vehicles beam back the first-ever images of the mud, rocks and incredible biodiversity of the deep sea off the Northern California coast.

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How To Go Tidepooling, a Guide for the Amateur

January 01, 2017 by Eric Simons

How to go tidepooling and find things.

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A Sea Snail’s Ability to Flee From Predators Is Impaired By More Acidic Water, New Paper Suggests

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.

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Whale Resources

July 01, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Whale Watching: The Oceanic Society has offered naturalist-led whale-watching excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. Excursions leave ...

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What Lurks Beneath

February 08, 2016 by Brendan Buhler

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.

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Neurotoxin That Closed Crab Fisheries Is Declining — But Slowly

December 16, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

The harmful algae bloom that sickened marine mammals and caused the closure of California's crab fishery this winter is slowly dissipating, while researchers are still trying to understand what caused it to happen.

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‘Unprecedented’ Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

November 11, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

Marine ecologists have long been alarmed at the potentially dangerous summertime growth of the single-celled algae Pseudo-nitzschia -- but there are still significant blind spots in our knowledge and research funding has been scarce.

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Ask the Naturalist: Sea Foam – How Much is Too Much?

October 22, 2015 by Raphael Kudela

How much sea foam along the shore is normal for this time of year? And how can you tell if it's harmful to marine life? We asked UC Santa Cruz oceanographer Raphael Kudela.

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