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By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 24th, 2007 at 7:42 am in Whales.

Maybe the whales are too disoriented by all the ruckus
Nothing seems to be working to get the whales to swim back into the Bay and out into the ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge. So how about backing off and starting from scratch?

** Pull back all the boats and helicopters until they are out-of-sight of the whales.

** Turn off all the boat motors.

** Stop traffic going across any of the bridges if/when the whales approach them.

** Basically make things as calm and normal and natural — and quiet — as possible. No unnatural vibrations anywhere.

Maybe all the noise and activity … and banging on pipes … and playing of this and that whale feeding sounds … and now threatening them with the sounds of attacking killer whales … is so disorienting that those whales simply don’t know what to do.

The swimming around in circles and slapping of their tails on the water seems to indicate that. Actions of distress, confusion and irritation.

Back off, return the river area around them to normal and wait and see what happens.

It couldn’t hurt.

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3 Responses to “BACK OFF ON WHALES”

  1. Zibby Says:

    Thanks for always speaking up for the animals Gary! I agree that the whales need to be left alone; there are no indications that their being here isn’t normal whale behavior and all this clanging, banging, motoring and aural pursuit would distress anyone, let alone an injured animal. These are incredibly intelligent animals who have done just fine without us for thousands of years and it just seems the more we get involved, the more damage we do. Leave the whales be!

    And if you’re a boater planning a trip on the river – consider a change of plans. If we don’t give these animals some space, we might be memorializing two more souls this weekend.

  2. Mike "troll" Dame Says:

    good to know im not the only one who thinks they need to leave the whales alone and give them a clear route of escape if they want to take it. you would think any whale “experts” involved in the efforts so far to turn them around would see that all the commotion is only upsetting and confusing them more

  3. Cathy in Walnut Creek Says:

    Gary, I’m so glad you said this, when I heard on a local morning news program what the pipe banging sounds like underwater I was mortified. If it worked quickly, great. But its not working… leave the poor whales alone for a day or two… let them get their bearings and maybe they’ll find their way home. Are we the only ones thinking this?

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