California: Rare Sighting of Blue Whales

The New York Times is reporting that blue whales, the world’s largest animal, are being seen in droves off the Northern California coast. The ocean giants are being lured by an increase this year in their favorite food — shrimplike creatures known as krill.

There are only about 10,000 blue whales left worldwide, with 2,000 in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.  Seeing blue whales close to coast is very rare.

Tour boat operators in Monterey say they had more than a hundred whale sightings Thursday and nearly as many in the days before. If they are in Monterey we might see them off Bodega Bay.