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VIDEO: Increase in humpback whale sightings reported in Southern California

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 17:16:11-04

DANA POINT, Calif. (KGTV) -- A sharp increase in humpback whale sightings off the coast of Dana Point is stirring up excitement among whale watchers.

According to Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, 42 of the whales have been spotted so far this January compared to only four last year at this time.

Dana Point is well known for its whale watching and for the annual gray whale migration.

In January, gray whales make their journey from Alaska to Baja, Mexico. Humpback whales can be seen year round at Dana Point.

“Humpback whales are migrating from their mating and calving grounds near Mexico and Central America to Dana Point to feed on krill and small schooling fish,” the company said.

The whales can weigh up to 40 tons.