Posted: 12/25/2010 08:32:42 PM PST
By Sandy Mazza
Giant blue whales congregated just off the South Bay shores this summer in record numbers.
The phenomenon reached its peak on Aug. 25, when whale watchers spotted 33 of the Earth's largest mammals off the Palos Verdes Peninsula at once - something not seen here before by watchers.
As many as 200 blue whales were seen here this summer, which excited researchers as there are only an estimated 2,000 living now in the Northern Pacific Ocean. They migrate from cooler waters in the summer to feed, to tropical areas in the winter to mate and breed.
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