Watching For Whales


Whales often swim in the San Francisco Bay. At one time, they didn't have to worry as much about boats invading their space. In recent years, there has been a growing concern for the safety of the whales as they swim in the bay each summer when the weather turns warmer and more people get out on the water in their boats. The whales are a beautiful sight for those who venture across the Golden Gate Bridge and those who stand along the shore to view the animals.

Officials are trying to do everything they can to educate people about the whales and about ways that boats can avoid them. The whales are in the area to find food. They are in large groups, making it hard to cohabitate with the boats in the water at the same time. There have been a few close calls in recent weeks between humans and whales. A photographer captured an event involving a boat hitting a whale in the water. There have also been kite boarders who have come dangerously close to the whales in the water. Officials know that it's a situation where the whales are fending for their lives at times. They want people in the water to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings instead of being so fast with their movements when they are in the water.

Another threat that whales face is the commercial ship. These large ships sometimes don't know how many whales are in the water at one time. They can't slow down as quickly as smaller vessels. The larger ships also tend to block the flow of water, preventing the whales from getting to open water as quickly as they need to when they feel threatened. The U.S. Coast Guard patrols the water on a regular basis to keep both the whales and the boaters safe.