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A rarely seen Salvin's Albatross was seen about 25-miles off the Half Moon Bay coast. (Courtesy: Tom Mattusch)

Rare Albatross Spotted Off Pillar Point In 2nd Sighting In North America

A rare seabird has been spotted for just the second time in North America, this time off the California coast.

07/29/2014

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Northern California Beaches Dominate List Of State’s Dirtiest

Last week we learned that Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach ranked as the dirtiest sand strip in the state, according to Heal the Bay’s annual survey of conditions. However, a closer look at the data shows far more Northern California spots on their “Beach Bummer” list than SoCal locations for the first time in recent years. The designation means that researchers recorded the lowest water quality during the year at those locations.

05/29/2014

A dead humpback whale appears at Pillar Point harbor in Half Moon Bay, May 21, 2014. (carolsuestories.com)

Dead Humpback Whale Floating Off Half Moon Bay

Marine researchers and harbor officials will have to wait and see if a deceased humpback whale that pressed up against the rocky break wall near Pillar Point Harbor on Wednesday washes onshore before determining its age, size, cause of death, or if the carcass is suitable for research or educational use.

05/22/2014

Grant "Twiggy" Baker competes in heat four during the Mavericks Invitational surf competition on January 20, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

‘Twiggy’ Takes Home Another Mavericks Surf Title

Thousands of people gathered at local hotels and restaurants at Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay to watch big-name surfers tackle monster waves at the Mavericks Invitational 2014 Friday.

01/24/2014

One of the competitors slated to participate in this year's Mavericks contest, Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle, rides a wave in Nazare, central Portugal, on October 28, 2013. Burle is believed to have broken a world record by surfing a 100-foot wave. (FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Mavericks Surf Contest Window Set To Open Friday

The waiting game is about to begin for some of the world’s best big-wave surfers, as the window for holding the legendary Mavericks surf contest near Half Moon Bay is set to open on Friday.

10/29/2013

Shawn Dollar competes in the finals during the Mavericks Invitational surf competition on January 20, 2013 in Half Moon Bay.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ceremonies Mark Opening Of Mavericks Surf Competition Window

Top big wave surfers will gather north of Half Moon Bay Friday afternoon for the opening ceremonies in the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro, according to event organizers.

10/25/2013

A Coast Guard vessel. (CBS)

Boating Family Feared Missing Off Monterey Coast After Abandoning Ship

Crews planned to search by sea and air through the night Monday as they ramped up efforts to find a husband, wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast.

02/25/2013

Christopher Joseph Maffei is accused of abducting his two children from his ex-girlfriend's South San Francisco home and taking them on a stolen yacht. (San Mateo County Sheriff.)

Bay Area Dad Faces Trial For Kidnapping Kids, Stealing Boat

A 43-year-old father is set to stand trial on charges that he kidnapped his two young children and took them away on a stolen yacht.

02/22/2013

A freshly cooked Dungeness Crab is seen on a crab pot on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Commercial Crabbers Gear Up For Dungeness Season

Commercial crab fishermen are gearing up for Thursday’s opening of crab season, with vessels large and small starting to assemble pots at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay and along the Bay Area coast to catch Dungeness crabs.

11/14/2012

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Window For Mavericks Surf Contest To Open Nov. 9

The opening of the big-wave surfing contest at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay is scheduled for Nov. 9, surfer and organizer Jeff Clark said.

11/01/2012

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