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Rarely seen species spotted off the coast of California




A dolphin jumps out of the water off of the coast of Long Beach. Dolphins are commonly seen in this area, but warmer temperatures are drawing marine life farther north that usually live south of California.
A dolphin jumps out of the water off of the coast of Long Beach. Dolphins are commonly seen in this area, but warmer temperatures are drawing marine life farther north that usually live south of California.
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A team of researchers from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration found some fascinating changes in marine life off the coast of California. The team spent four months surveying the waters and spotted pygmy killer whales, logger head turtles, as well as a surge in the whale population. 

The survey's main goal is to measure how different species are responding to changes in the ecosystem. Chief scientist Jay Barlow shares what he found.