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The fluke of a gray whale emerges from the water. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Boaters Warned To Avoid Migrating Gray Whales

Bay Area boaters are being urged by a federal wildlife agency to watch out for and steer clear of gray whales, which are now beginning their annual migration past the Golden Gate to feeding grounds in the Arctic.

03/06/2014

A California humpback whale breaches the surface of the water. (NOAA)

‘Whale Spotting’ App Seeks To Reduce Ship Strikes Off California Coast

Marine scientists looking for new ways to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by massive commercial ships have turned to a familiar tool: mobile devices.

09/18/2013

Kayakers Karen Hatch and Giancarlo Thomae encountered a humpback whale in Monterey Bay. (Giancarlo Thomae, Sanctuary Cruises)

Kayakers On Monterey Bay Encounter Massive Humpback Whales

A pod of 80,000 pound humpback whales got up close and personal with a group of kayakers on Monterey Bay last week.

08/26/2013

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

New California Shipping Lanes Meant To Protect Whales To Take Effect

Large vessels traveling to ports on the California coast will begin using new traffic lanes on Saturday that were developed to protect endangered whales from ship collisions.

05/31/2013

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

California Regulators Reject Navy Sonar Training Over Threat To Whales

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.

03/08/2013

Blue Whale

Ship Traffic Off California Re-Routed To Protect Whales

The International Maritime Organization has approved vessel lane changes on approaches to San Francisco Bay and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and in the Santa Barbara Channel. The changes take effect next year.

12/27/2012

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

Ships Headed To SF Bay Asked To Slow Down To Avoid Whales

Federal officials are asking large ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco Bay to prevent collisions with whales.

07/25/2012

Blue Whale

Feds Will Reroute SF Bay Ships To Protect Whales

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.

07/15/2012

Blue Whale

Blue Whales Spotted In Droves Near Santa Cruz, Monterey

Blue whales, the world’s largest animal, are being seen in droves off the Northern California coast.

07/05/2012

This Humpback Whale is playing with the ship, surfacing on one side before swimming underneath to the other side. These whales can grow up to about 52 feet long and weigh up to almost 80,000 pounds. They're found in oceans all over the world, including the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. (Photo Credit: Jordan Spielman)

Blue Whales, Humpbacks Begin Feedings Season Near Farallon Islands

Boaters are being warned that humpback and blue whales are starting to appear in the waters outside San Francisco and have been sighted in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

06/06/2012

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