Whales Sighted in Sacramento River

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of whale sightings in the Sacramento River in vicinity of Rio Vista.

The reports indicate that the whales are free swimming and headed in a northerly direction. Sector San Francisco issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) over VHF-FM channel 16 to alert mariners in the area of the whales’ presence. An updated MSIB will be broadcast upon receipt of updated position reports. A 100-yard moving Safety Zone, which forbids vessels from coming within 100 yards of the whales, has also been established. Aircraft should also remain above 1000 feet when in the vicinity of the whales.

The number and type of whales are unknown.

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