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Great Blue Whales Spotted in 'Extraordinary' Numbers off SoCal Coast

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It's a whale watchers' paradise these days off the coast in Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, and other SoCal seaside areas, thanks to the prolific numbers of Great Blue Whales in the waters, reports the Daily Breeze.

Blue whales have only been spotted off our shores in the past five or so years, maybe one or two at a time. However lately, more and more are spending time in SoCal: "As many as 25 giants at once have been spotted from shore in recent days. This is extraordinary, considering that only 2,000 blue whales have been documented in the north Pacific Ocean."

One Long Beach-based whale watching boatman remarked: "There are at least 40 to 50 blue whales in our range, from the Santa Monica Bay down to the Huntington Beach oil rigs." The whales are likely showing up in bigger numbers because what they need to feed on, called krill, is abundant in the cool waters off our shores." If you've wanted to go see these majestic whales, now is the time--they could move out of the area at any time.