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Food brings whales close

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014


A humpback whale swims close to a sailboat Tuesday just off the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


MOSS LANDING Scores of humpback whales have traveled thousands of miles to dine on the delectable cuisine in the Monterey Bay.

A tasty meal for the cetaceans, possibly, but probably not as much for humans: The whales have traveled from Central America to the Monterey Bay for the anchovies that are swimming close to shore, said Jim Harvey, director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

While the whales come to the California coastline annually, this year the timing is different.

"Having a large number of whales is not unusual at all," Harvey said. "It's unusual to have them this close to the shoreline this early in the season."

Researchers don't know exactly why the anchovies are so close to the shore this year, he said, adding that a number of things in the ocean are happening earlier than usual this year.



For the complete article see the 07-24-2014 issue.

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