A boat has finally come to close to Mama. I was wondering how long it would take for this incident to occur. The boat got too close and when Mama came up she hit the boat. Fortunately, none of the dogs on the boat were injured – innocent bystanders. No, it was fortunate no one was injured, including the dogs. Mama is 40 some feet long and who knows how many tons. Gray whales weight 30-40 tons with a fluke of 10-12 feet across. That can cause a lot of damage to boaters who do not adhere to the Federal regulations stating that a distance of 100 yards needs to be kept from a marine mammal. Now, that is the length of a football field. These people and other boaters and kayakers I witnessed today were way too close. Someone is going to be injured if this keeps up. Today the boaters were extremely lucky. Yes, everyone wants close-up shots, but the federal regulations are for the protection of both whales and humans. By the way, there are stiff sanctions if prosecuted.
There were plenty of video cameras on the Klamath River Bridge today to record the incident.
Phone number to call to report incidents of harassment is NOAA: 800 853-1964.
On a lighter side, Mama was full of energy today and swimming around and rolling to the delight of all the onlookers on the bridge.
Mamma headed for her favorite rolling and/or eating place
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