Wayward Whales Pass Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

VALLEJO, Calif. – At 10:20 a.m., the two wayward whales caught in the delta, traveled through the Carquinez Bridge and down south through San Pablo Bay and through the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

“They have been traveling fairly quickly, between four to five mile per hour,” said Rod McInnis, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “The boats on scene quickly spotted the whales and have been following them out since, to not only monitor the health of the whales but to enforce the moving 500-yard safety zone. They need to go about ten more miles to reach the Pacific, with that much distance left they could reach the ocean by the end of today.”

The Coast Guard along with the California Department of Fish and Game are working to continually enforce the moving 500-yard safety zone as the whales continue their southern descent into the Pacific Ocean.

The Marine Mammal Center and NOAA, will continue to monitor the whales throughout the day to assess their health and well being, as well as how the mammals are responding to the antibiotics.

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