Captain Andy Siratt of the Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing was enjoying another morning of spectacular rockfishing just off Huntington Beach when he noticed several blows about a mile in the distance.
Before long, Siratt also noticed lots of krill in the water, small shrimp-like creatures that blue and fin whales are fond of as a meal. "This is the most whales I have seen for a while," said Siratt.
It didn't take long for the news to reach Danny Salas from Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach who specializes in whale watch adventures. "We are excited," said Salas. "We are sending the Christopher out there now."
Blue whales are the largest creatures to have ever inhabited the face of the earth. They can reach over 100 feet in length; that's three school buses. They have hearts the size of a Volkswagen and a tongue that weighs as much as an elephant. Adult blue whales weigh between 200-300,000 pounds.
Blue whales became a much sought after species for their large amounts of blubber. The killing reached a peak in 1931 when 29,649 blue whales were taken. By 1966, blues were so few that the International Whaling Commission declared them protected throughout the world. Today, there are between 8,000-9,000 blue whales in the oceans endangered species.
In addition to the blue and fin whales, the first gray whale of the new season was spotted off the Trump Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon by the Christopher. Danny Salas reported that the gray breached 5 times treating the whale watchers on board to a spectacular show.
The first gray whales are normally seen after the first of the year as the make their way from the Berring Sea to the warm water lagoons of Baja California. "We just hope this is the first of many early arrivals this year," said Salas.
It's been a while since these incredible creatures have graced us with their presence so don't delay in a trip that you might well remember for a lifetime.
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