Trip Report: Devil’s Teeth and Ducking Whales

Humpback whales steam among the fish, spouts blowing in the wind as they forage in the waves. We find the whales often feeding in or close to the shipping lane. Each year as many as 200,000 ships enter and exit the Golden Gate, and according to the Point Blue Conservation Science as many as 83 humpback, blue and fin whales are killed by ships on the West Coast each year.

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A Whale of a Time: Farallon Island Log

As we float in shark alley, the wildlife biologists on the island make their own recordings of seabirds, seals, shark attacks and human visitation. Finally, it is time to head back to the mainland, and reeling in the decoy, we are delighted by a goodbye view of a white shark passing beneath unseen but for the video, to be enjoyed on the monitor afterwards and here.

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New Voluntary Speed Regulation Intended to Protect Whales, Reduce Ship Strikes

Strandings of dead whales along Bay Area beaches has increased in recent years, up from 11 in 2018 to 21 in 2021, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.  Along with entanglement in fishing gear and malnutrition, it is believed that ship strikes are a leading cause of whale death.

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SUPPORT THE CHUMASH HERITAGE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Currently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the process of collecting public comments to support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. This Sanctuary will protect a remote and lightly impacted coastal area off the California Coastline between Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, critical habitat for sea otters, whales and other endangered species, is sensitive habitat and has significant cultural value for Native Chumash people.
On Thursday January 6 the public can attend the final virtual public hearing for the proposed sanctuary.

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NOAA to Host Sessions to Protect 30% of Oceans

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host public sessions to gather input on the America the Beautiful Initiative to conserve 30% of U.S. land, water and ocean by 2030< NOAAhas announced upcoming public listening sessions on August 26 and September 13 to gather input on the administration’s initiative to expand protections for U.S. lands and waters.

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