Blue whale sightings increase off Southern California coast

DANA POINT, Calif. (KGTV) - Blue whales are just like any other Southern California tourists - they’re sticking around for a while because life is good.

Captain Chris Pica and drone operator Frank Brennan caught cow and calf pairs on a trip near Camp Pendleton Tuesday. The blue whales were spotted in the rockfish grounds below San Onofre.

During three trips with Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Pica reported a total of nine whales.

The sightings are not typical for this time of year, according to the company’s manager Donna Kalez.

“The blue whales are back in big numbers and they are feeding off our coast,” Kalez said.

At this time last season, there were eight whale sightings. This season, there have been 35.

Kalez said the unusually low water temperatures are a breeding ground for krill, a diet staple of the blue whales. Instead of moving on, the whales have been feeding longer.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching, which also owns Oceanside Whale Watching, is expecting an increase in passengers due to the boom in sightings.

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