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.
Parts of Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed for four months to protect seals and their newborn pups.
A rehabilitated California sea lion was given a Christmas Eve send-off when he was released back to the ocean Monday in Marin County, a Marine Mammal Center spokesman said.
Two wayward dolphins discovered in an industrial canal in South San Francisco appear to have returned to San Francisco Bay.
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.