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What’s wrong with this picture? Recently, humpback whales have been feeding in San Francisco Bay and the nearshore waters of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary – and people are getting too close. We cannot emphasize this enough: give the whales PLENTY of space. Approaching whales puts you and the whales at risk – plus, it’s illegal. 

Spending time in the Bay? Always remain at least 100 yards (300 ft) from whales. Avoid following behind or directly approaching in front of the whales and other marine mammals. If approached by a marine mammal, stop paddling (or kiteboarding in the whale’s vicinity) and allow the animal to pass unencumbered. Humpback whales are amazing, endangered animals, so help us keep them safe. Plus, the last thing you want is a 40-ton animal breaching on top of you.

Learn more about how you can responsibly watch wildlife.

Here’s a beautiful night shot of the Golden Gate Bridge in California. Duane Jurma took this photo from Marshall Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Last year, Golden Gate was the most visited national park location with more than 15 million visits. Visitation at America’s national parks broke all-time records in 2014 – topping 292.8 million visits to national parks.

Photo courtesy of Duane Jurma.

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Found in San Francisco Bay, these salt evaporation ponds are shallow artificial ponds designed to produce salt from sea water and other brines. Water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows salt to be harvested. The bright colours of the ponds, ranging from bright green to magenta, are a result of microorganisms that thrive as the salinity levels increase.

Read more at amusingplanet.com via Ice Water blog

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Moon Shadow by Don McCullough
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