Officials documented 115 humpback, blue and fin whales during a one-hour survey last weekend near the Farallon Islands.
New research suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.
Blue Whale Study Shows Endangered Creatures Spending Time In Busy California Coast Shipping Channels
A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels like the cargo ships going in and out of San Francisco Bay.
The California Coastal Commission has rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.
Federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay after seeing an uptick in the number of collisions between the marine mammals and large ships.
Boaters in Monterey Bay are advised to look out for large numbers of blue whales making their way through the area to feed in the Bay’s nutrient-rich waters.