Boating warning issued as dozens of whales cavort off coast

Jul 12, 2015 12:27 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of whales are frolicking off Northern California's coast in a feast for the eyes of onlookers that has also prompted federal officials to issue a boating warning.

The Marin Independent Journal reports Saturday officials documented 115 endangered whales during a one-hour survey last weekend near the Farallon Islands.

To ease the threat of vessels striking whales, federal officials say small boaters and large vessel operators should be on alert for endangered whales and maintain minimum distances.

They also want large ships to slow to 10 knots in boat traffic lanes approaching San Francisco.

Experts say whales are showing up in numbers rarely seen so close to the coast because they are drawn in to feed on waves of krill and huge schools of anchovies.

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