The greatly needed rain has moved through our area, and the skies should be sunny this weekend with only a few drifting clouds. The daytime air temperatures will be in the 70s with an afternoon breeze. Actually, it should be great for whale watching, especially if the 4- to 5-foot swells have double-digit intervals.
Speaking of whales, it’s whale watching time again off our coastline, and through March, gray whales are migrating south.
I am noticing that more and more boaters are being very vigilant to not disturb the whales while watching them in the ocean.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for protecting the whales from the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. The regulations were enacted to protect whales and other marine mammals from harassment, and for safe, non-disruptive whale watching. The NOAA Fisheries’ website www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/education/ viewing.htm states that, for your safety and their protection, you never touch, swim with, feed or harm the whales.