Blue Whale Spotting Off the Coast of California

By Laylan Connelly

Blue whales, the world’s largest animal, have been spotted off the Southern California coastline in recent days, showing up with calves frolicking alongside as they forage for food.

There were sightings of the massive blue whale Friday, June 17, and Saturday off Catalina Island, and then two sets of moms and calves were seen on Sunday about six miles off the coast. Another mom-calf duo were spotted on Tuesday about nine miles off Laguna Beach.

“When you think that the blue whale is the largest animal to live on the planet – bigger than a dinosaur or a megalodon – that is amazing,” said Nona Reimer, a naturalist for Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.