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Southern California whale census yields record number

December 29, 2011
"I've seen some pretty good years but never anything like this,"
- Joyce Daniels, a volunteer in the whale census

Migrating gray whales are swimming through Southern California waters in record numbers this winter, longtime whale watchers say.

Whale spotters stationed at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have logged a record 163 sightings so far in December, more than they have seen at this point in 28 years.

By this point in December last year, the observers had spotted 26 gray whales. The previous record was 133, observed in 1996.

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© P.Hampton, Aquarium of the Pacific

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