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Salmon start to show in Monterey Bay

Let’s Go Fishing, with Mike Baxter captmikebaxter@yahoo.com The past couple weeks schools of salmon have been roving the Monterey Bay. The fish are mixed in size and do not stay in one spot more than a few days. The addition of salmon back into our local catches has created a variety of fish in the […]

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Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Why does the ocean make us happy?

By Dan Haifley Photo: Bart Keagy Our Ocean Backyard Surfer and wetsuit innovator Jack O’Neill once told a television interviewer that no matter how bad a day one had, a session of surfing would make things all right again. Surfrider Foundation — Santa Cruz Chapter volunteer Amber Jones takes friends — this columnist among them […]

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Davenport History: Whaling, Cement and Immigrants

Settlement in the area of today’s Davenport got its start in 1868 when Captain John Davenport, a sea-based whaler by trade, built a 450 foot wharf off what became to be known as Davenport’s Landing (near El Jarro Point). The wharf was used to export local timber by boat to San Francisco. Captain Davenport also […]

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Thousands of croakers wash up on Manresa State Beach

Thousands of croakers croak By Jason Hoppin jhoppin@santacruzsentinel.com @scnewsdude on Twitter LA SELVA BEACH >> Thousands of dead fish — the appropriately named white croakers — washed up at Manresa State Beach Friday morning, with state officials saying they were likely the result of a squid hunt gone bad. The fish fouled a 700-yard stretch […]

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Storm Swell High Alert for Dungeons, South Africa

Written by: Shannon Marie The largest swell of the season is approaching South Africa putting big wave surfers on high alert for a possible call at Dungeons. Thankfully, the ASP WCT will see epic conditions for the final rounds of the J-Bay Open. Meanwhile in Cape Town, the Big Wave World Tour may also get the green light […]

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Flicks at the Nick: Begin Again and Venus in Fur

  The movie title Begin Again suggests multiple resonances. First of all, there’s the idea that in learning to play music one must “begin again” many times before mastering the song. Music is a liberating force but it’s also a discipline and it takes time to earn your chops. The title also evokes the phrase […]

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Whale show returns to the bay

By Jason Hoppin MOSS LANDING >> It’s one thing to see humpback whales feeding and frolicking just offshore. It’s quite another when they’re so close you can smell their breath. That’s what’s happening in Moss Landing this week, as a pod of about 15 of the once-endangered creatures have settled in for an anchovy feast […]

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There’s Oil in Them Thar Sea Cliffs!

If you look in the northern most cove at Bonny Doon Beach, (yes, it’s the clothing-optional section), you will see a tall skinny dike of sandstone that cuts across the cliffs-which are made of Santa Cruz Mudstone. A dike is essentially loose material, in this case, the older and deeper Santa Margarita Sandstone, that was […]

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