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Migration Madness: The Sooty Shearwaters are Back!

We are lucky in Santa Cruz to get visited annually by sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) as they make their spectacular circum-global migration of 40,000 miles: the longest recorded migration of any bird. Each year, they spend about 5 months breeding and rearing their young and the rest of the year they are migrating! All sooty […]

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The Santa Cruz Wharf: A Hundred Years of History

The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf has been helping people and businesses gain access to the ocean for ten decades! Lets take a quick peek at the past and possible future of the longest wooden pile wharf on the west coast of the U.S. It’s the dawn of the 1910s, and the many tentacled arms of national […]

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Kenyan Simon Ndirangu wins 42nd annual Wharf to Wharf

By Andrew Matheson Santa Cruz Sentinel Capitola >> Simon Ndirangu had never competed in the annual Wharf to Wharf Race prior to Sunday’s 42nd edition, but he likely fooled just about everyone in the field and everyone watching along East Cliff Drive. The 28-year-old Kenyan, who nearly led the six-mile footrace from wire-to-wire, knew when […]

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USS Nimitz aircraft carrier stops off Santa Cruz coast

Aircraft carrier on its way to home port in Washington By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter SANTA CRUZ >> The USS Nimitz stopped by Santa Cruz waters on Friday, offering a rare glimpse of one of the largest war ships in the world. The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier was on its way from San Diego […]

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Freeline surf shop celebrates 45 years in Pleasure Point

Three generations of Mel family worked in store By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter PLEASURE POINT >> As newlyweds in 1968, John and Kim Mel hopped in their Volkswagen bus and set off from their home in Torrance to Santa Cruz for their honeymoon. They fell in the love with the world-class waves at […]

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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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