Navy Warship Stops —to Let Whales Pass
Whale-watching boat warned of potential collision
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
File photo of the USS Coronado.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – What's it take to make the Navy's speedy new warship stop dead in its tracks? A few whales on a leisurely swim. The USS Coronado ceded the right-of-the-way in a close call over the weekend off Southern California, reports the Orange County Register. It seems the captain of a whale-watching boat tracking a pod of gray whales realized that the whales and the Coronado were on a collision course. He radioed ahead, and the Coronado immediately pulled up to let the whales pass.

“Seeing a ship that big stop on a dime was impressive,” says Dana Wharf's captain, Todd Mansur. “They couldn't have been more courteous on the radio, or in their actions.” The Coronado was on its way to San Diego to be christened, and because it uses thrusters instead of propellers, it can come closer to shore than your typical Navy ship, notes the PeteThomasOutdoors blog. The whales, meanwhile, are making their annual trek from Baja California to the arctic for summer feeding.

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Mar 11, 2014 7:47 PM CDT
At least we got something for the tax money given to this over bloated military.Next up....Georgie Boy Bush 11 stops his brush cutting obsession long enough to post on Newser as far as this story."THE WHALES ARE TURRORISTS"!!!!!!
Mar 11, 2014 7:36 PM CDT
Watch Palin,or that other mouthbreathing moron Bachmann go on fixed "news" and call the whales "commies"...just sayin.....
Mar 11, 2014 7:18 PM CDT
i like it ! Finally, someone has a heart. It's overdue, though. The Navy is responsible for a lot of wasteful whale deaths from the testing of their underwater sonic weapons. They owed them this! :-)