Blue whales spotted in Santa Monica Bay

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A pod of rare blue whales has been breaching in the Santa Monica Bay over the past week. The whales are about two to three miles off the coast near Redondo Beach. They have also reportedly come as close as only a mile away from the mouth of King Harbor.

The mammals, known for their curiosity, have been swimming up to and brushing against boats in the bay.

Blue whales, the largest animals in the world, are currently endangered. On average, they live 80 to 90 years, grow to be 82 to 105 feet long and weigh up to 200 tons.