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Visitors to Alameda Point have been surprised to find a whale swimming in Seaplane Lagoon. The animal was first spotted on May 26, according to the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center. The center began monitoring the whale the next day. Researchers at the center report that the whale is an adult female humpback.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) found out last month that its executive director and Alameda resident, John L. Lipp, will receive the Shanti Project’s 2019 Dede Wilsey Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award at a ceremony slated to take place today in San Francisco. Lipp, who served as the executive director of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) from 2004 to 2011, will be honored at PAWS’ 32nd Anniversary Gala today, Thursday, June 6, at the Fairmont Hotel. 

The 53rd annual Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest will be held along Alameda’s shoreline this Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thousands look on as architects and sculptors compete for best in show. Judging starts at noon; awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Meet at the bathhouse, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Otis and Westline drives. Above, the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame made an appearance on the beach last year. Competitors may only use materials found on the beach.

Harbor seal haulout located near data firm’s planned water outlet pipe

Nautilus Data Technologies is proposing to convert Building 530, located at 120 West Oriskany Ave. at Alameda Point, into a data storage facility. This facility would consist of racks of computer servers that heat up and that Nautilus needs to keep cool. Nautilus has chosen to use water from San Francisco Bay to accomplish this because water cooling is a cheaper alternative than traditional air- conditioning.

On May 14 the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) announced it was honoring Pauline Stahl, Ed.D., as 2019 Teacher of the Year. Stahl teaches science at Encinal Junior and Senior High School.