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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    ... From: maryjane.schramm To: Pacific Merchant Marine Council Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:15 PM Subject: Re: WARNING Bay Area vessel operators to watch for
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 27, 2010
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:15 PM
      Subject: Re: WARNING Bay Area vessel operators to watch for Whales

      Thank you, Phelps!

      Cheers,

      MJ
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      On 7/27/2010 12:31 PM, Pacific Merchant Marine Council wrote:
      Mary Jane, Thanks for the "Heads Up" on the whales! I will pass the word.
       
      Phelps
      Phelps Hobart
      President, Pacific Merchant Marine Council
      Senior Vice President, Pacific Central Region
      Vice President, Pacific Southwest Region
      National Director
      Navy League of the United States
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      Sacramento CA 95819-1403
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "NOAA Gulf of the Farallones Media-Public Outreach" <maryjane.schramm@...>
      To: <pmmc@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:10 PM
      Subject: WARNING Bay Area vessel operators to watch for Whales

      Warning for Bay Area vessel operators to watch out for whales that are here in high numbers, mostly feeding aggregations of humpbacks, and blue whales. Some grays, too.

      If  you have a newsletter or website, please consider an item about shipstrike hazards (not good for the whales, and not good for the boats either.
      There is an unusual number of humpbacks in the area, and they are so focused on feeding on krill, they are especially vulnerable to shipstrike. In fact, our research vessel had to stop running a transect line yesterday because two humpbacks, very intent on feeding, surfaced right in front of the boat.
      The young whale that was found yesterday may have been killed by shipstrike; definitely prop marks were incurred, although whether post-mortem or cause of death, and estimated size of vessel, are unknown just now.
      MJ Schramm

      Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary was notified this morning by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that scientists from PRBO Conservation Science working on the Faralloned National Wildlife Refuge sighted a freshly dead humpback whale yesterday, Sunday July 25th, in the Farallones marine sanctuary, about a mile from Southeast Farallon Island. On investigation it was found to be approximately 25 foot long, and had several large wounds, 1 to 2 feet long or longer - slashes on its flank and the base of its tail. It is unknown whether the wounds were incurred before death or afterward.

      At the same time, sanctuary biologists in the area on a research vessel reported that they had been forced to discontinue their cruise along a transect (predetermined track) because they encountered a group of feeding humpbacks directly in their path of travel and were forced to stop the vessel to avoid a collision. The humpbacks were feeding so intently they ignored the oncoming boat.
       
      If  you could run the warning to boaters, to prevent any further shipstrike, we would appreciate it very much. 
       Please let me know if you have any questions, or would like photos of feeding humpbacks.
       
      Sincerely,
       
      Mary Jane Schramm
      (415) 561-6622 x205
      maryjane.schramm@...



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    • usaseapower
      Anyone for a whale watching trip out to the Farallons? Phelps ... From: NOAA Gulf of the Farallones Media-Public Outreach To:
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 12, 2010
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        Anyone for a whale watching trip out to the Farallons?

        Phelps
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        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "NOAA Gulf of the Farallones Media-Public Outreach" <maryjane.schramm@...>
        To: <pmmc@...>
        Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:18 AM
        Subject: Mariners Warn about Whale Shipstrike

        Hello all mariners

        The cause of death of the female blue whale and her fetus found earlier this week at Pescadero has been tentatively identified by the California Academy of Sciences as shipstrike related. Three broken vertebrae on the mother, plus hemorrhaging on other tissues, are indicative, if not conclusive.

        Bay Area warning for vessel operators to watch out for whales that are persisting here in high numbers, mostly feeding aggregations of humpbacks, and blue whales.

        Biologists on the Farallon Islands continue to see as many as 50 at a time, and many of them are in shipping lanes to the south, southwest and southeast of the Farallon Islands.

        When whales are feeding, they may be so focused on feeding, they are especially vulnerable to shipstrike. They may also not be able to detect the direction or speed of an oncoming vessel, the very bulk of the bow of a ship may \"mask\" the sound of the engines at the stern, or the whale may need to surface for air after a prolonged dive and not detect danger overhead.

        Please Contact,

        Mary Jane Schramm
        Media-Public Outreach
        (415) 561-6622 x205
        maryjane.schramm@...
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