Blue Whales off Los Angeles

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/07/bla-sbbluewhale-thumb.jpgIt happens every summer and here they are again, the Blue Whales have arrived. Naturalists have been a little befuddled by the regular appearance of the Blues over the past few years – it’s unclear if they used to come here a lot or this is a new feeding ground for them.

The Blues are definitely here off Los Angeles. I’ve boarded boats up in Santa Barbara, where they are found in the Santa Barbara Channel quite reliably (along with Humpback Whales) but the Blues are now creeping ever southward and you may be able to go out from a closer landing now.

Channel 4 news has some fantastic (if small) video of a boat (thanks for pointing that out LAObserved) and their sightings and the OC Register put out a list earlier this month of boats with whale watches. In Long Beach you might want to check with Harbor Breeze Cruises.

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