Kayakers paddle around rare blue whales near Redondo Beach

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UPDATE: Here is an amazing video of a kayaker who paddled right up the blue whale, then hopped into the water and shot some underwater video. “While the lunge feed was heart pounding excitement,” he write on YouTube, “I found that seeing one underwater was relaxing and peaceful. Was an awesome day!!!”

Blue Whale

Blue Whale

Imagine circling rare blue whales on your kayak as they rise to the top of water and spray water high into air. Groups of kayakers near Redondo Beach, California, have been experiencing that thrill as the world’s largest mammals made a surprise visit to the area.

Observers near the mouth of King Harbor say they are seeing an average of 10 blue whales a day.

Blue Whales grow to 98 feet and about 200 tons but are gentle giants. According to Wikipedia, Blue whales were abundant in nearly all the oceans on Earth until the beginning of the twentieth century. For over a century, they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966. A 2002 report estimated there were 5,000 to 12,000 blue whales worldwide, located in at least five groups.

Watch this amazing video from MyFoxLA.com:

Blue Whales Spotted Off SoCal Coast: MyFoxLA.com

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