Tag Archives: California

Day of the Dolphin : Part 1 — Dolphins Steal the Show At Surfing Competition

The two posts today present a jarring juxtaposition.  On the West Coast of the United States, dolphins steal the show at a surfing competition while in Japan fishermen are beginning the yearly slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove.  The beauty … Continue reading

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Sharks – Photobombing and Posting on Twitter

Two recent items on sharks in the news — a photobombing shark off the coast of California and Australian sharks posting warnings on Twitter. Off Manhattan Beach, California, June Emerson took a photograph of her son and a friend playing in … Continue reading

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Groups from Mare Island and Port Royal Still Trying to Save USS Olympia

Two groups on opposite coasts of the United States are frantically working to save the 1895 built, SS Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s flagship in the Battle of Manila Bay and the last, just barely, surviving war ship from the Spanish-American War. The Mare … Continue reading

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Navy Dolphins Find Rare 19th Century Howell Torpedo off California Coast

The Howell Automobile Torpedo of 1889 was the first self-propelled torpedo in United States Navy service. Only fifty were built and until recently, only one was known to have survived. Then in late April, Navy dolphins located a lost Howell … Continue reading

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‘Super-Mega-Pod’ of Dolphins Spotted Off Coast of California

A huge group of an estimated 10,000 dolphins was sighted off the coast of San Diego last week. Captain Joe Dutra, of Hornblower Cruises, called the gathering of adult and juvenile common dolphins a “super mega-pod.” Dolphins typically travel in pods … Continue reading

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The Island of California – A History in Maps

In Volume II of the Encyclopædia Britannica published in 1768, the entry for California reads: CALLIFORNIA, a large country of the West Indies, lying between 116° and 138° W. long. and between 23° and 46° N lat.  It is uncertain whether … Continue reading

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Fukushima Radiation Found in Tuna Off California Coast

It is really all just one big ocean. Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, 6,000 miles from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.  Small amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 … Continue reading

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Four Tons on Marijuana Worth $4 Million Found Floating Off Dana Point, California

A local boater first spotted the bales floating 15 miles offshore near Point Dana, California.  When law enforcement went out to investigate, they found between 160-180 bales of marijuana (depending on the news report), weighing close to four tons and worth around $4 million dollars, … Continue reading

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Amazing Video – Kayaking and Swimming with Blue Whales

I have kayaked with killer whales. It was many years ago and the memories are still vivid.  I can only imagine how awe inspiring it must be to kayak next to a blue whale, the largest creature ever to live on the … Continue reading

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San Salvador, 16th Century Replica, Under Construction by the Maritime Museum of San Diego

At a time when many maritime museums in the United States are struggling to just maintain their ships and indeed several are attempting to get rid of them, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a new historic replica, the San Salvador, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo‘s flagship.  In the … Continue reading

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APL ‘Cold-irons’ Ships in Oakland to Cut Pollution

Traditionally, ships in port use auxiliary generators to power shipboard electrical systems.   APL, the Singapore based container lines, is now going “cold-iron,” shutting down the  auxiliary  generators  on their ships docking when calling on Oakland, California and using shore power instead to meet the their … Continue reading

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Sion Milosky, Big Wave Rider

No one needs to be reminded that the sea is a dangerous place, and nowhere more so than where it meets the shore. Sion Milosky, one of the world’s great big wave riders, died last week at 35 while surfing off … Continue reading

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Something Fishy in Redondo – A Million Dead Sardines

What’s that smelt? (Sorry.) Actually it was a million dead sardines (or anchovies depending on the news reports)  that washed up dead in the King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach California. ‘One million’ dead sardines clog Redondo Beach marina

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