Trip Report: Devil’s Teeth and Ducking Whales

Humpback whales steam among the fish, spouts blowing in the wind as they forage in the waves. We find the whales often feeding in or close to the shipping lane. Each year as many as 200,000 ships enter and exit the Golden Gate, and according to the Point Blue Conservation Science as many as 83 humpback, blue and fin whales are killed by ships on the West Coast each year.

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History of Human Occupation on the Farallon islands

Looking west on a clear San Francisco day a smudge of jagged peaks can be glimpsed on edge of the horizon. A rugged archipelago of wind and wave-worn rocks form the Farallon Island chain. Located 30 miles from shore, Farallones composed of SE Farallones (the tallest), Middle Rock, the Island of St James to the North, and Noon Day rock, the islands host a history of shipwreck, murder and the birth of millions of seabirds and seals. Known as the islands of the Dead by the native Miwok, who viewed them but did not leave any evidence of visitation, the islands have a rich and sometimes tragic history of human occupation.

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Sharks the Invisible Casualty in San Francisco Bay Fish Kill

In August, thousands of dead fish washed ashore in San Mateo County, from Foster City to Coyote Point. The reports later spread into the main San Francisco Bay past Hayward and Alameda Island, to Fort Baker in Sausalito. Crossing the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to investigate the report near San Quentin, my polarized sunglasses showed a distinctly dark swath of water along the tideline stretching from Richmond to the Larkspur channel.

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The Islands of the Dead: Exploring the Farallon Islands

Located close to San Francisco, one of the world’s most recognizable metropolises, there is a series of desolate, fog shrouded, wind and wave-sculpted islands. Known as the “Islands of the Dead” by the Native Miwok, and the “Devil’s Teeth” by Spanish mariners, these islands have a fascinating history of human exploitation, killing and loss.

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Sharks and Mermaids: the Mythical Creatures of Aquatic Park

Nancy is helping to plan a special upcoming event:  the Shark Steward’s 1st Annual Mermaid Parade on Saturday, 8/28th from 11am- 3pm!  There will be a costume contest and awards for best dog costume, child costume and more.  They will make a parade route from the Aquatic Park & Pier bleachers all the way to Pier 39.  You can learn more about this at https://sharkstewards.org/event/sharksmermaids/.

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