Endangered blue whales cause concern for authorities due to the large amount of boat traffic in the area.
Authorities have issued warnings for boaters to be on the lookout for large marine mammals off the Marin coast area north of San Francisco. It’s there that huge numbers of whales have been spotted jumping and feeding in recent weeks.
An increased supply of food in the area is being credited as the reason why researchers were able to count 115 of the endangered blue whales in just an hour’s time on the July 4.
“The humpbacks at the entrance to the bay have been hanging out around the area for weeks,” Nan Sincero of the Oceanic Society told reporters. “They are in heaven with all the food out there.”
Because the area is often heavy with boat traffic, the possibility of boats and whales coming into contact is a real concern.
Boaters are being asked to stay at least 300 feet away from whales. The warning is for the safety of people and animals alike. People in small boats are especially susceptible to the danger of breaching animals.
According to The Hoops News, experts are uncertain how long the warning will have to be in effect. Aside from the danger to boats, the Marin Coast might be a good place for some excellent whale-watching right about now.