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SoCal whale watchers spotting record numbers this season




Joyce Daniels looks for whales through a spotting scope on January 7, 2014. Daniels has been counting gray whales with the American Cetacean Society for 20 years.
Joyce Daniels looks for whales through a spotting scope on January 7, 2014. Daniels has been counting gray whales with the American Cetacean Society for 20 years.
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It's been an exciting season for whale watchers in Southern California. A record number of gray whales have been spotted along the California coast since the beginning of December. And the reason we know it's a record year is due to a dedicated group of volunteers who count the whales one-by-one. Reporter Katherine Davis met them.