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Conservation Groups To Hold “Wake For Whales” At San Francisco's Crissy Field

Jeffrey Gray
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Humpback whale off the San Mateo coast

Tuesday is World Ocean Day. In recognition, a ceremony to mark the deaths of a dozen whales that have washed up on Bay Area shores this year will be held at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

At the “Wake for the Whales,” conservationists will honor the animals and call for greater legislative protections.

Eleven dead whales have washed up on Bay Area beaches since April 1st.

According to necropsies, ship strikes were the most common cause of their death. In response, conservationists are petitioning for a mandatory 10-knot speed limit for ships passing through whale feeding grounds off California’s coast. That’s about 11 miles per hour. Currently the speed limit is voluntary.

Researchers say climate change also drives whale deaths and malnutrition, as their food sources move and diminish.

The “Wake for the Whales” will take place at 11 a.m. at Crissy Field. It will feature speeches, headstones, and blow-up whales.