Photos: NBC Bay Area’s Best Facebook Posts of 2016

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Singer Lady Gaga performs during Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.
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A pair of whales criss-crossing under the Golden Gate Bridge stole the social media spotlight — by a mile — with over 6 million views and 68,543 shares. A windsurfer and a kite-surfer got a little too close to the massive mammals, following them and getting in their path. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/55375096989/posts/10153458893581990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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The iconic Waldo Tunnel on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin was named after Robin Williams in March. With cameos in Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" and Humphrey Bogart's "Dark Passage," the tunnel's colorful arches have earned it the name "rainbow tunnel."n<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NBCBayArea/photos/a.183458381989.138216.55375096989/10153296711206990/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Bob Hansen
Twins Jaelyn (l) and Luis Salgado (r) were born three minutes apart, but in completely different years. Jaelyn was born in the last minute of New Year's Eve 2015 and Luis in the first few minutes of New Year's Day 2016. The siblings won't share a birthday like most multiples – but will share a very unique birthday story. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NBCBayArea/posts/10153190957241990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Bella Lewis
The beaches in Santa Cruz were packed in June despite marine biologists an unusually high number of great white sharks making appearances just off the shore. Nearly a dozen sharks, some of which were between 10 and 12 feet long were spotted. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NBCBayArea/photos/a.183458381989.138216.55375096989/10153542601771990/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Clad in a glittering scarlet pantsuit and accompanied by a solo piano, Lady Gaga kicked off Super Bowl 50 with a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Levi’s Stadium. Gaga, who went so far as to rock American flag-themed platform shoes, closed her performance by saying, "God bless you, America." Gaga was the first A-lister to take the stage ahead of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, who performed during the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/55375096989/posts/10153253868771990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Mark Zuckerberg kicked off 2016 with a physical challenge. The Facebook founder pledged to run 365 miles this year, or one mile per day, and invited the social media community to do the same. "This is a lot of running, but it's not a crazy amount," he said at the time. No word yet on whether the 32-year-old billionaire achieved his goal. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/55375096989/posts/10153196355736990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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San Jose police may have had to work around the clock when Super Bowl 50 took the Bay Area by storm. But at least they received special badges! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/55375096989/posts/10153249945596990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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For the first time in the 25-year history of the franchise, the San Jose Sharks moved on to the Stanley Cup Final, beating the St. Louis Blues in May. However, the team was unable to bring the highly coveted cup home after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/55375096989/posts/10153484036696990" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Kris Lopez
The Bay Area roared in support of Dynamite David Lopez, a 12-year-old Oakland boy who participated in the Junior Olympics to retain his position as the No. 1 boxer in the United States for his age and weight class. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NBCBayArea/videos/10153479173421990/" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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Elyce Kirchner / NBC Bay Area
Water lapped at San Francisco's sidewalks as king tides and rain lashed the Bay Area during a winter storm. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NBCBayArea/videos/10154002930976990/" target="_blank">Click here for the original Facebook post</a>.
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