Orange County's whale watching season gets off to a slow start

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A rare and endangered blue whale in Long Beach, CA. The blues have been rarer this year than usual, particularly around Orange County.

Whale watching trips are ramping up as the summer draws near. In Orange County, some boats are starting to see blue whales, but it’s a slower start to see the mammals so far.

Some whale watching boats have spotted blue whales. That said...

“We haven’t seen one yet," laughed Frank Brennan, boat captain with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching. “And the conditions are right for them right now! The food that they eat, that’s here.”

Brennan said the blue whales seem to be showing up later than last year to feed on the krill. But the blues aren’t the only fish — or mammals — in the sea.

“We have seen minke whales," Brennan pointed out. Minke whales are smaller than blue whales, at approximately 25-30 feet. "And [we've seen] fin whales, which are the second largest whale.”

He said whale watchers regularly see hundreds of dolphins in the waters off Orange County too.

The blue whales are the largest animals on the planet. Some grow to be 100 feet long and weigh upwards of 200 tons.

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