Delta and Dawn Still Wayward in Rio Vista

Whales in Sacramento River

Calif’s Wayward Whales Balk at Bridge

Associated Press
May 22, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) – Two whales that lost their way more than a week ago spent a second day circling near a Sacramento River bridge Tuesday, about 70 miles from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Some crews in the more than two dozen boats blocking the humpbacks’ path up the river tried herding the mother and her calf downstream by banging metal pipes beneath the water.

The challenge, officials said, was encouraging the pair to return to salt water quickly but without resorting to tactics that could upset the whales, both already apparently wounded by a boat’s propeller.

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