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August 27, 1985 | Associated Press
Interior Secretary Donald Hodel said today that he will exclude the Monterey Bay and the Cordell Bank from oil and gas exploration because of opinions expressed in a series of town meetings. Hodel, who has been holding the public hearings to collect comment on a proposed congressional compromise on the exploration, also said he remains open to further changes in the plan. Under the proposed compromise, 150 nine-mile-square tracts could be explored and drilled for oil and gas.
August 27, 1989
A healthy Humphrey the whale is back in the San Francisco Bay Area but is showing no signs of returning to the Sacramento River, where he spent 25 days in 1985 while the world watched and countless efforts were made to send him back to sea. For each of the four years since then Humphrey, identified by unique markings on his dorsal fin and fluke, has returned to the waters off San Francisco. This year he was spotted by biologists swimming near the Farallon Islands.
September 4, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Water temperatures off the Golden Gate Bridge have hit record highs thanks to El Nino, attracting an exotic mix of tropical fish rarely seen in the region, biologists said. Mahi mahi, swordfish, albacore, marlin, sardines and various tropical fish have made their way north as El Nino, a massive influx of warm water from the equatorial Pacific, heats California coastal waters.
February 7, 1988
Two men survived the sinking of their fishing boat by clinging to a hatch in the cold water off the Farallon Islands for seven hours, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing and presumed dead. The Lisa Lorrain of Half Moon Bay took on water while crew members were sleeping and rapidly began sinking. Three men managed to escape from the boat but, the Coast Guard said, a fourth, Keith Young, 31, the captain, apparently never got out of the hull.
August 23, 1986 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Humphrey, the celebrity humpback whale rescued from the Sacramento River Delta last fall, has been sighted for the first time since it swam under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to sea, federal officials announced Friday. The sighting was made by a team of whale researchers about 35 miles west of San Francisco.
December 2, 1995 | Associated Press
Federal officials have given permission for underwater sound experiments to resume off the Northern California coast after determining that the deaths of three humpback whales were unrelated to the tests. It was not known if the tests by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego would be immediately resumed.
March 16, 1986 | Associated Press
A regal albatross, most of whose life is usually spent soaring above the sea, has stowed away on a ship for a ride to the city. The albatross quit soaring over the Pacific Thursday to land on an Oakland-bound American President Lines freighter. The white-bodied bird, sporting a seven-foot wingspan, likes to sit, said Rex Burress, keeper at the Rotary Natural Science Center at Lake Merritt Bird Refuge.
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