People who are accustomed to going boating in the waters of Northern California’s coast are in for a treat because they might catch a glimpse of some unusually large sea creatures that are such a rare sight that they are considered endangered species.
However, this is not encouragement for boaters to invade their territory in order to take pictures. On the contrary, they are advised to use extreme caution when sailing coastal waters.
A team of researchers identified more than 110 blue humpback whales in a bit more than an hour. They were jumping and seemed to feel comfortable enough in the waters near Farallon Islands.
However, while this landscape is definitely an unusual one, the researchers from the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary issued a warning for both small boats and larger vessels to be on the lookout for the large mammals in order to keep safe.
Whales are not usually scared of boats, as they are used to encountering them at sea. Nevertheless, what is worrying is precisely the fact that they have become quite active in an area where there is usually a lot of boating.
Their jumping and swimming around can prove fatal for the inexperienced boater who gets too close to the whale. The high number of whales is not good news either, because the more they are, the more difficult it is to avoid them and prevent them from hitting your vessel.
The most exposed ones are obviously smaller boats which could be easily overtaken by a playful whale.
“We are alerting small boaters and large vessel operators to be on the alert for endangered whales, and to maintain minimum distances,” said Maria Brown, who is a researcher at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Thus, the brave boaters who are still determined to go set sail in the coastal waters are warned to keep a minimum distance of 300 feet between their boat and the whale if possible.
The experts say that it remains unclear how long this situation is going to last, given the fact that the whales are most likely here for food, which is more abundant than in other places, so this is a sort of paradise for them.
At hearing the news, many experienced boaters were bewildered, saying that it was something they had never heard of or seen before in that particular area.
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