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California Whales Feeding Frenzy

9:07 PM, Oct 26, 2013   |    comments
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Sand Diego, CA -- For some local whale watchers, this past week has been a memorable one. 

Pods of whales, sometimes in groups of 10 or 20, have been spotted just off of the West Coast in so-called feeding frenzies. Experts say the sightings are rare.

These  images literally took people's breath away just off the coast of San Diego. 

"We haven't had a week like this last week in a long, long time" says Russell Moore, who owns a whale watching company called Xplore Offshore.

Over the course of of three days, he spotted dozens of whales in feeding frenzies between three and five miles off of Pacific Beach.

The various species were eating Krill that made its way to the surface; something few people get a chance to witness. 

"This was a phenomenon based on the still water pattern or the right current that the Krill and all this was on the surface and the whales were gorging on it like a buffet table." says Moore.

Other companies reported seeing the same thing. 

Birch Aquarium' Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth says feeding rarely occurs so close to shore, but if you want to try your luck, now is the time to do it.

CBS

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