File - In this August 14, 2008 file photo and provided by John Calambokidis, a blue whale is shown near a cargo ship in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. Federal officials are urging large ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco Bay to avoid striking whales, which are crowding the California coast particularly high numbers this year. The notice by the officials with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary comes after a rare fin whale was found dead last month on the shores of Point Reyes National Seashore, the apparent victim of a ship strike. (AP Photo/John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research)

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File - In this August 14, 2008 file photo and provided by John Calambokidis, a blue whale is shown near a cargo ship in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. Federal officials are urging large ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco Bay to avoid striking whales, which are crowding the California coast particularly high numbers this year. The notice by the officials with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary comes after a rare fin whale was found dead last month on the shores of Point Reyes National Seashore, the apparent victim of a ship strike. (AP Photo/John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research)
File - In this August 14, 2008 file photo and provided by John Calambokidis, a blue whale is shown near a cargo ship in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. Federal officials are urging large ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco Bay to avoid striking whales, which are crowding the California coast particularly high numbers this year. The notice by the officials with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary comes after a rare fin whale was found dead last month on the shores of Point Reyes National Seashore, the apparent victim of a ship strike. (AP Photo/John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research)
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