Officials documented 115 humpback, blue and fin whales during a one-hour survey last weekend near the Farallon Islands.
The federal government is proposing removing most of the world’s humpback whale population from the endangered species list.
Boaters on Monterey Bay are being warned to keep their distance from humpback whales and other marine wildlife feeding on shore, according to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
A pod of 80,000 pound humpback whales got up close and personal with a group of kayakers on Monterey Bay last week.
As many as 11 humpback whales have been feeding unusually close to the Santa Cruz shoreline, and there’s concern that interested boaters, kayakers and surfers are getting too close.