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Paddling San Francisco Bay

By Claire Schoen Media

An estuary is a magical place where ocean water mingles with fresh river flows, creating a wealth of biological diversity. The San Francisco Bay is actually a huge estuary and through the narrow throat of it’s golden gate, one quarter of its water ebbs and flows each day.

Kayaker and journalist Paul McHugh invites you to join him on a tour of this splendid bay, traveling underneath the surface to swim with harbor seals and phytoplankton, overhead to soar with a million migratory birds, and along the coast to explore marshlands and skyscrapers ringing its shores.

See more from the media project RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities.


  1. Galen Maloney
    March 15, 2013, 2:29 am

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