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As you probably know, the waters off Point Reyes are home to a lot of great white sharks. What you might not know is that there is a small group of extremely dedicated shark researchers who live and work here and are world renowned for their work tracking these sharks. One of these researchers, Scot Anderson, took these photos of a massive female great white shark out at the Farallon Islands just a few weeks ago.

Sadly, the research funding to do their critical work has dried up due to Covid-19. They've created a GoFundMe campaign to support their fieldwork this fall/winter in the waters off of Point Reyes and Año Nuevo Island so they can continue monitoring California great white sharks. This funding will help them capture photo IDs of individuals and deploy electronic tags.

If you're interested in helping keep this important work going, here is their GoFundMe page:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/white-shark-population-monitoring-project

And if you haven't seen the movie 'Near Miss' about local urchin diver Ron Elliott (by local filmmaker Josh Berry) and his great white shark encounters, you should watch that too:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nearmiss

Thank you!
Our hearts our broken. "A 4-year-old girl drowned after being swept off by a wave while walking with her family at a Marin County beach Thursday, the CHP confirms. Her father reportedly jumped in the water to save her and was transported to the hospital for hypothermia."

Please be careful at the Point Reyes (or any) beaches, especially when there are large waves.

LINK: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/north-bay/4-year-old-drowns-in-marin-county-beach/2409099/
This evening a young girl was swept off the beach at McClures in Point Reyes, but somehow got back to land despite huge surf. First responders applied CPR. We saw a Reach helicopter land on the beach and which we were told transported her to a local hospital. No further word about her condition. We send her and her family all our love. The West Marin emergency response teams are incredible. On a Thanksgiving no less.
Water rescue happening right now, near McClures Beach.
Water rescue off Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. Kayaker in distress. They’re still sorting it out. Hopefully everyone ok.
SUV rolled over on SFD by Drakes View Dr. in Inverness. Went into the deep shoulder and over corrected. Looked like everyone was ok. Scary though. Expect delays.
This '30' number is misleading since that goes back to the start of COVID, but last week there was a spike in COVID cases in Point Reyes Station (7 new cases). Sounds like a number of those people caught it from a workplace situation. Please wear masks and if you have symptoms, quarantine and get tested. Be safe everyone.

LINK: https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/marin-county/#map
The burrowing owl is one of the coolest little creatures you can see in the Point Reyes National Seashore if you get lucky enough. Master wildlife photographer Carlos Poratta spotted this one yesterday. https://www.carlosporrata.com/
"The National Park Service announced Thursday that it has appointed a new superintendent for the Point Reyes National Seashore. Craig Kenkel is superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland. He has held several posts in the Bay Area during his 37-year park service career.

Craig Kenkel has been named new superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore. (National Park Service; contributed)
Kenkel will start his new job in January. He will also oversee the management of 15,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin north of Bolinas-Fairfax Road.

Kenkel held several jobs for the GGNRA between 2005 and 2017, including acting superintendent in 2017. Prior to taking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park post in 2014, he was superintendent of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park from 2010-2014 and a national park historical architect in San Francisco from 1989-1992."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2020/11/19/point-reyes-appoints-new-park-superintendent-with-bay-area-experience/
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