Some of SoCal's First Blue Whales in Months Seen

A pair of them fluted for a lucky clutch of whale watchers on a charter boat, which captured this shot Wednesday about noon.

As if on cue, a pair of blue whales fluked for thrilled passengers aboard the Christopher out of Long Beach Wednesday as the charter boat neared Huntington Beach oil rigs.

The blue whales—the largest creatures on earth at an average 70-90 feet long—are some of the first to be spotted in months this year in Southern California, reported waterfront blogger Philip Friedman. The immense creatures were spotted about noon by passengers on board the Christopher out of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach.

Captain Carl Mayhugh reported that the whales at least twice fluked as they made their way around the rigs.

"There have been numerous reports of an abundance of krill in Southern California waters recently which is a favorite food source of the might blue whale," Friedman blogged at Phil Friedman Outdoors. "While this may be a tad early for the leviathans to arrive in sunny California, the presence of vast quantities of krill may ...  attract the giants but may [also] make them less likely to leave."

Blue whales are so large they often defy imagining how big that is, unless seen full length somewhere, a remote chance. So Wikipedia breaks it down this way: picture creatures three school buses long, with hearts the size of a Volkswagen and a tongues that weigh as much as an elephant. Adult blue whales weigh between 200-300,000 pounds, according to Friedman.

To read more of his report, click here.

jason November 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
blue whales are spectacular creatures of the oceans,they have been put on a protected list because of there population decrease over the years.the blue whales were hunted in large numbers in 1868.today there is a estimate of 15,000 thousand left in the world.seeing those blue's were a great sign.
jason November 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
another interesting fact about blue whales are they can spray water from there blowhole 3 - storys high or about 30 feet in the air.
Phil M November 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
What a beautiful creature. I got to see one last year and to watch them just flow through the water was incredible. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com
Watts November 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Now that I know how rare these have been to see, I understand why all of the local whale watching companies are sending cheap offers so much lately, through discounters like Living Social. Still, a 2 and a half hour cruise for $15 is still fun even if the odds of seeing a blue whale are slim. Also, I had the great opportunity of staying with friends who live in Juneau and my friend had married a local fisherman there. Almost every day that we were there, we would take out his boat and go fishing and had whales surfacing from the water, all around us from where we had taken us. It was actually kid of scary, because I kept imagining one coming up underneath our boat, but they said that never happens.
artie short November 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM
marty pleeeze be ..careful... those are large dangerouse animals!!!
jason November 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
jason November 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
These whale watch tours are great for the price you have a good time on the ocean for a few hours and get to see some sea life. the best thing is that you might be able to see the blue's breach out of the water, these blue whale's are very fast ocean creatures that can move up to 30 MPH thru the water when they want to,but average they move only about 12 MPH.the place to go on a tour is L.A. HARBOR SPORTFISHING AT PORT'S A CALL SAN PEDRO,CA. OR PIER POINT LANDING IN LONG BEACH,CA. i went out on the first string in san pedro before a very nice vessel it is about 100 FT LONG.
Tracy November 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I think Jason meant to say Bleached whales.
Tracy November 30, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Actually Jason, I believe they were Bleached Whales. Easily spotted in the South Bay.


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