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Wayward Humpback Whales

Sacramento River, CA | 2007-May-15

Initial Notification: On 14 May 2007, two humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) were observed within the Sacramento River upstream of Rio Vista, CA. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Services, The Marine Mammal Center, the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services responded and coordinated rescue operations. By 27MAY2007, the whales had moved downstream of the Rio Vista Bridge, lingered near the Benicia Bridge on 28MAY and continued on to the Pacific on 29MAY.

Incident Details
Spill, potential spill, or other:Other
Cause of incident:Other / Unknown
Products of concern:Not applicable
Latitude (approximate): 38° 33.75′ North
Longitude (approximate): 121° 33.12′ West
On-Water Recovery: Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Not applicable
Dispersants: Not applicable
In-Situ Burn: Not applicable
Bioremediation: Not applicable
Note: Documents are posted chronologically and early reports likely contain factual errors. These errors may be corrected in a later report.