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Photos: Rare large pod of 23 gray whales spotted off SoCal coast

by Take Two®

A fin whale swims off the coast of Los Angeles. These whales can get up to 70-feet long and weigh up to 150,000-lb, making it the second largest animal on earth. Mae Ryan/KPCC

Whale watchers off the Southern California coast saw a lot more than they expected when a chartered boat descended on a large pod of 23 gray whales, which usually travel alone or in groups of two or three as they migrate. 

Gray whale season started on Dec. 26, 2012, and lasts through April. 

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