Humpback whales often enter the Monterey Bay to feed in the summer months. But this year, huge anchovy runs have brought them in by the hundreds. Photographer Tory Kallman shares his photographs of the feeding frenzy.
Bay Nature stories about the Pacific Ocean.
Research Vessel Spots Blue Whales — Now Can Their Observation Help Others?
The researchers log the sighting: three blue whales. From this distance, the world’s largest mammal looks like nothing more than a silver glint on the ocean’s surface. But the spotting is significant to the researchers, who aim to protect the animals from passing ships.
Whales in danger of ship strikes gain mobile app
Whale protection? Yep, there’s an app for that, too. And shippers are saying they’re on board.
What, exactly, is in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
From the journal of Brian Kallen, who describes his journey through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Why does Half Moon Bay get winter monster waves?
The Mavericks surf contest has been called for Sunday, January 20. As we wait for big kahunas to roll in, we ask why Half Moon Bay gets the legendary waves that become the surfer’s delight.
Welcoming in California’s new marine parks
Anyone who loves the California coast — that would be everyone, right? — should be toasting this week’s big news.
Marine vomit threatens Drakes Estero
“Marine vomit” can be as vile as it sounds. The invasive marine invertebrate is fueling the debate about the future of Drakes Estero in time for this week’s ruling on oyster farming.
Signs of the Season: From crab pot to stovetop, Dungeness crabs arrive
Thanksgiving time marks the start of one of the most exciting sustainable, local food events of the year: Dungeness crab season.
In unpoliced oceans, marine mammal shootings go unsolved
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito has treated six gunshot victims so far this year, including Whirlybird, a sea lion. Which raises the disturbing question. Who is shooting marine mammals and why?
Meet Mark Twain’s frog at Mori Point
Mori Point, along the coast in San Mateo County, is one of the smattering of locations where the fabled California red-leggeds live, the largest frogs in the West.