Jul 8, 2011 9:30 PM by Nancy Chen

Increased number of whales hits Morro Bay waters

It's not that unusual to see a whale off our shores, but you'll have no problem spotting a lot more than one right now.

Sub Sea Tours, a Morro Bay whale-watching company, says it's seeing more than double the whales it normally spots this time of year and they're coming closer than usual.

The company says the tour normally spots one or two whales a trip, but in the past two weeks, it's topped about thirty. The spottings include several blue whales, the largest animal on earth.

It all makes life good for tour captain Dave Butler.

"Today is really easy," he said. "I mean, we could have blindfolded ourselves and found whales"

Butler says the reason for the spike is more krill--and its proximity to shore.

He usually drives the boat four to six miles offshore, but now, in just a mile and a half, it's surrounded in all directions.

"Every day's different and gets more and more exciting as the whales get more friendly," he said. "I don't know if they're getting more used to the boat or if it's just pure luck."

And while seeing the whales up close wowed spectators, there's nothing quite like feeling one of the world's largest animals that could weigh up to 90,000 spray water.

The experience leaves tourists stunned.

"To have them in our own state just right off the coast, how lucky are we?" asked Julie Istrin, a Los Angeles-area resident who was vacationing in Morro Bay with her husband.

There are two types of whales off of Morro Bay right now: the humpback and the blue.

Sub Sea Tours says they're hoping the whales will stay like this for the rest of the summer.

For more information on the tours, click here.



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