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ETC. Photo of the day by Josina Makau. Spotted from a trail: Seal posing for a photograph (or is it doing yoga?) at Fisherman's Wharf. Photographed with Canon PowerShot ELPH 170IS. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

Get inside a white shark’s mind with this serialized novella.

Good afternoon.

Aga Popęda here, celebrating marine life on the Monterey Peninsula. Please forgive the ardor of a newcomer, but I still cannot believe how lucky I am to be so close to seals posing on Fisherman’s Wharf (see the ETC photo above), my favorite sea lions and majestic great white sharks.

This morning I got to learn a little bit more about great whites by reading part one of a shark novella, a product of the Hopkins Marine Station, the oldest marine laboratory on the West Coast. In it I met Hennessey, a white shark searching for the right place to have her pups. Accused of a shark attack, she's hunted along the Atlantic coast, but protected by a shark scientist who rallies a whole community behind her.

Hennessey: A Shark Novella was written by Anthony Palumbi and Stephen Palumbi. Stephen Palumbi is the director of the Hopkins Marine Station and the Harold A. Miller Professor of Marine Science at Stanford University. He is a leading marine scientist, and his previous work has appeared in publications from The New York Times to The Seattle Times, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Anthony Palumbi is Stephen's son, a science and video game writer for several outlets. Father and son have collaborated before—in 2015 they released another book, The Extreme of the Sea. Stephen is also the co-author of the local classic The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival.

The goal of the authors seems to be to show the drama and the poetry of marine life. The novella combines details that could be born only from true expertise in the subject, with literary empathy. 

New chapters of Hennessey will be published each day this week. Follow the white shark on her big adventure. You can read “Part 1: Mother” and “Part 2: Senses” here. There are fifteen parts total and they will be released daily until Aug. 29.

-Aga Popęda, staff writer, aga@mcweekly.com


The great white shark population off Northern California's coast is healthy and growinga new study finds. This survey of great whites (Carcharodon carcharias) found a population of about 300 individuals.


Back-to-school season fills campuses with laughs and life, but there is a new routine on campus. Sixteen months ago, in-person classes were replaced with remote learning and schools were closed when Covid-19 began spreading in the region. Now, Covid-19 is still around and there is a surge of cases because of the highly contagious delta variant, but students, teachers and staff are back on campus with new safety rules in effect

Confronting racism at Salinas High School. Administrators said in a statement that they are dealing with an ugly, racist incident. Students and parents are expected to ask for more action when the board of Salinas Union High School District meets tomorrow, Aug. 24.

Questions of ownership and display swirl around a Jo Mora statue of Father Serra in Carmel. For now the statue is in safekeeping with the city, after nationwide Black Lives Matter protests last year spilled over into targeting monuments to Serra.

With assistance from federal funds, Monterey-Salinas Transit is rethinking its bus routes.


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LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day: Seaside Fire Chief Mary Gutierrez says her competitive spirit makes firefighting a natural fit. Gutierrez sat down with the Weekly recently to talk about her career, dealing with tragedy, mentoring others and finding more women to join her in the Seaside department where she’s the only female at the moment. Photographed by Daniel Dreifuss. Submit your Local Inspiration (digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

UC Master Gardeners of Monterey County: free gardening classes are coming up starting in late August. The season will kick off with Ask a Master Gardener Q&A Live online from 5-6:30pm on Tuesday, August 24. Register here.

Balloon rockets activity bags are available at Monterey County Free Libraries. Each bag contains all children need to build their own balloon rocket. Bags can be picked up until Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The duo Fire & Grace has not stopped. Edwin Huizinga (on violin) and William Coulter (on guitar) just released their newest album.


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The FDA has granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine. It’s the first vaccine to move beyond emergency use status. Around 92 million Americans (54 percent of all those vaccinated) have received the Pfizer vaccine.
- The New York Times, Aug. 23, 2021

Clothier Patagonia backs away from a popular ski resort after it hosts a fundraiser with Marjorie Taylor Greene. The company suggested the GOP fundraiser linked to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort that hosted Greene and other Trump Republicans did not align with its values.
- The Washington Post, Aug. 21, 2021


Tom Hanks sells some carsFrom actor to used car salesman?

Today, among other things, is National Sponge Cake Day. This decadent dessert was first created by an Italian pastry chef for a Spanish lord. And this is Martha Stewart’s “instant classic” recipe for you to try.

We welcome your tips, comments and feedback. 

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