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The Whale that Ate Jaws

Off the coast of San Francisco, an unexpected killing challenged the great white shark’s supremacy as the ultimate predator when one became prey to a killer whale. Whale-watchers witnessed a stunning act of nature as a killer whale rose to the water’s surface with a great white in its mouth and held it there for 15 minutes. Even more amazing, biologist Peter Pyle was nearby and able to get underwater footage of two whales feeding on the shark.

Watch this episode of Nature Untamed tomorrow night (Monday, March 21) on National Geographic at 9pm.

Looks like it was just off the Farallones.   Heading out that way a couple of times this month, I’ll keep my eyes open.

via Sea Monstery

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John Craig – Course Area & Venues for America’s Cup 34


from VinceSail:

John Craig, America’s Cup 34 Principle Race Officer, gave the first public presentation in San Francisco about what the course area for the Cup races would look like. He’s planning on using every available inch of open water in the main bay and working with all the stakeholders to make sure that works.

The shoreside venues are complex and need to fill a lot of different roles – not the least is providing vantage points to see this exciting race without getting out on a boat. The 72′ catamarans will be visible from many locations on Marin and San Francisco. We want to make sure that everyone who lives here knows the America’s Cup is taking place on the Bay.

Team bases, media offices, AC34 administrative offices and other activities will take space on the piers with access to the water. John lays out what is being proposed and where it will be housed.

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Tsunami in Surf City




Pictures and video from Jeremy of Surf City Sailing, in Santa Cruz.    There was significant surging in the S.C. harbor, reportedly 10 boats and at least one floating dock have sunk.    Nothing like what has happened in Japan, but people are very nervous here on the California Coast.

As reported by Jeremy on S/A

Santa Cruz Harbor is fucked! At least 10 sunken boats of various ilk. My Newport 33 is still secure, but the dock next door is nonexistant… along with all of the boats that were tied to her. It’s a mess, and the whole place was in panic mode. This aint gonna be pretty when the dust settles. Gotta go deal, it’s still surging.

[later]

The initial surge hit around 8:10am. The harbor basically sucked dry, and you could see sand almost all the way across the entrance. Lots of keels in the mud. Then the harbor filled with the strength of whitewater rapids. As it filled, looking south from the bridge which bisects the lower harbor from the upper harbor, I could see the masts raise like the wave at a baseball game. It was surreal to watch. This initial wave loosened several boats, and cracked ‘U’ Dock away from its pilings.

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