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Pacifica Fisherman: Container Ship Plows Through Whales

On May 20 around noon, I was salmon-fishing about 15 miles due west of Princeton Harbor, and very close to shipping lanes in an area where numerous whales and diving birds were feeding on krill.

A southbound container ship (APL New Jersey) plowed through the whales. I noticed spouts from the whales within 100 feet of the ship. I did not see a direct hit on a whale but did find a dead whale floating close to the harbor mouth. Something must be done about these ships traveling so close to whale migration routes and feeding areas.

I contacted several environmental groups and the US Coast Guard to report my sighting. And I called the Marine Mammal Center at Marin Headlands and sent a picture of the dead whale. I hope someone will examine the dead whale for the cause of death.
Ken Miles


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