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New Discoveries In The On-Going Search For Californias Ghost

New Discoveries In The On-Going Search For California's Ghost Ships

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have announced the discovery of several shipwrecks in the waters just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait, as part of...

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2009-09-28 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating San Francisco Bay's enigmatic shark species, Aquarium of the Bay, in partnership with Sea Stewards, presents SHARKtober, a month-long event focusing on the local shark population. SHARKtober celebrates the White Sharks' annual return to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, while increasing awareness of the five different species of sharks that live in the Bay. Shark-related activities will take place all month at...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. Aug. 5--The endangered brown pelican, which faced extinction in California 50 years ago, is returning in record numbers to the Farallon Islands, according to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. "It's good to see that there are that many on the Farallon Islands," said Melissa Pitkin, the observatory's education and outreach director. "It's an amazing story." The bird observatory -- now known as PRBO Conservation Science- has been...

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2006-02-01 06:33:57

NEAH BAY, Wash. -- The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say. Last year didn't have the winds and currents necessary to maintain the network of marine food crucial to the seabirds' diet. Breeding failures during the summer were preceded by tens of thousands of birds washing up dead on beaches in Washington, Oregon and California. In Washington, the state's largest...

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2005-05-21 10:39:57

FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (AP) -- Less than 30 miles from San Francisco, an archipelago of rocky islands rises out of the Pacific Ocean, forming a largely undisturbed wildlife haven that biologists call California's Galapagos. The public isn't allowed onto the granite islands that make up the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge - the country's largest seabird breeding colony outside Alaska and Hawaii. But on a rare visit organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, several...


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2006-02-22 14:59:31

The Ashy Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) is a small, scarce seabird of the storm-petrel family Hydrobatidae. Breeding colonies can be found on islands off the coasts of California and Mexico, and it is one of 6 species of storm petrel that live and feed in the rich California Current system. Both its common and scientific names come from its coloration; one authority has suggested naming it Coues's Storm Petrel after the man that described the species, Elliott Coues. Description...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'