Two vessels collide with whales on same day, boaters urged to use caution

Two vessels collide with whales on same day, boaters urged to use caution

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Two vessels collide with whales on same day, boaters urged to use caution

Boaters in California’s Monterey Bay are urged to exercise caution in the aftermath of two collisions involving boats and whales last Sunday.

In one incident a woman struck her head against a glass windshield and sustained moderate wounds during a collision that occurred as the boat was moving at an unknown speed.

Whale-watching vessels are typically kept at a safe distance from feeding whales. Photo: ©Daniel Bianchetta/Monterey Bay Whale Watch

KSBW quoted witness Marge Brigadier as saying, “They hit something that he thought could only have been a whale. They went flying up, and when she came back down, her head smashed against the windshield. There was a lot of blood.”

The woman, who was not identified, was treated by paramedics and taken to a nearby hospital.

Humpback whales feeding in Monterey Bay. Photo: ©Daniel Bianchetta/Monterey Bay Whale Watch

In the second incident a 10-foot boat with seven people on board was capsized by a breaching whale that either struck or merely swamped the overloaded vessel. The people were rescued and uninjured.

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Monterey Bay is seasonal home to hundreds of humpback whales that feed on massive schools of anchovies. They often feed aggressively at the surface, and can pop up at any moment.

Commercial whale-watching captains typically stay well beyond the fringes of active feeding zones, to avoid collisions.

Private boaters, kayakers, and standup paddleboarders, however, are routinely seen placing themselves in dangerous situations.

Speeding is another issue.

Breaching humpback whale in Monterey Bay. Photo: ©Daniel Bianchetta/Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Boaters are urged to follow the “See a blow, go slow” guidelines and travel at 7 knots or slower when whales are present.

Alisa Schulman-Janiger, a California-based researcher, said boaters who race across the water are placing themselves and whales at risk. “The main thing is that you need to be able to stop if you see a whale,” she said. “You can’t do that if you’re traveling at 30 knots.”

While humpback whales can be encountered in Monterey Bay year-round, summer and fall are peak feeding seasons.

–Images are courtesy of ©Daniel Bianchetta/Monterey Bay Whale Watch

 

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