Thousands flock to see lost whales in Sacramento port

first_imgWEST SACRAMENTO – Thousands of spectators took advantage of the first weekend since two whales took a wrong turn and swam 90 miles inland to California’s capital to catch a glimpse of the deep-sea creatures. The wayward pair – dubbed Delta and Dawn by the state’s lieutenant governor – did not disappoint. Crowds shrieked every time the mother and calf surfaced for air. “I see it, I see it, I see it,” screamed 4-year-old Eliyas Charles, wide-eyed and pointing at the water from atop his grandfather’s shoulders. “That black spot was the whale. I can see it.” The dusty riverbank along the Port of Sacramento took on the air of a carnival Saturday as cops directed traffic into makeshift parking lots, vendors sold ice cream and lines formed outside Port-A-Potties. The whales seemed content to command the crowd’s attention. For the fifth day since they were first spotted in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the two mostly swam looping half-mile laps around the port, where the sprawling inland waterway essentially comes to an end. Scientists have been hoping the whales – which both appear to have been wounded by a ship’s propeller – would begin swimming westward toward the Pacific Ocean on their own. But Carrie Wilson, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said experts are content with the animals remaining in the isolated port area for the weekend since heavy recreational boat traffic in the delta could complicate rescue efforts. The whales swam in peace with the help of a Coast Guard escort on Saturday. The Coast Guard enforced a 500-yard safety zone around the whales and authorities closed the north port channel and a nearby public boat ramp for the weekend. A marine mammal rescue crew plans to resume efforts Monday to lure the pair by playing recorded sounds of other humpbacks feeding. A similar strategy worked in 1985 with a humpback nicknamed Humphrey, which swam in the delta for nearly a month before returning to sea. If scientists have not made progress by Tuesday, they plan to begin herding the animals down river with a gauntlet of 50 boats that would provide a less-pleasing underwater soundtrack of banging on pipes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 14th October, by Oisin DohertyCondolences: The Club wishes to pass on its sympathy to the McNamee family, Buncrana, on the recent passing of their mother and especially to former player Matthew McNamee.Bord na nÓg: Please note that the Bord na nÓg AGM will be on Sunday 21st of October at 7pmin the clubhouse. Senior Football: Our Senior sides were in Championship action again this weekend, with the second legs of the Intermediate Championship being held in Burt on Saturday evening. Both sides will be happy to have recorded wins and are now firmly focused on the quarter finals which will see both Buncrana sides take on neighbours Carndonagh, Senior scoreline – Burt 1-7 Buncrana 1-9. Reserve scoreline – Burt 1-2 Buncrana 2-12U16 Hurling: Hard luck to the Club’s Under 16 Hurlers, narrowly beaten in the County Final Replay on Saturday 29th September by 2 points. The lads have put in a great effort and were very unlucky not to complete a unique hat trick for us having secured the U14 and Minor titles already. Signs are good for the future and no doubt these lads will be back again and well done to all involved.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along. Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Sale of club gear: Orders are being taken for club gear and there are two special Christmas Pack Offers: (A) Windcheater (Emerald Green), Hat, socks & shorts, Boot bag, Hoodie, Bottoms. Kids €110/ Adults s/m/l €130. (B) Sports bag, Hat, socks, shorts, Hoodie, Bottoms, Boot Bag. Kids €110/ Adults s/m/l €130Orders being taken on Monday 8th and Friday 12th and Monday 15th and Friday 19th (4 nights)  of October from 8-9pm in the Clubhouse. Contact Elizabeth Anne Nelson on 086 0604075. Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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