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Photos: Whale, Dolphin Watching Season in Full Swing

Watch as fin whales and a pod of more than 1,000 dolphins greet a whale watching boat out of Long Beach.

Whale and dolphin watching season is in full swing in Southern California waters and recent whale watching expeditions have seen plenty of activity.

Aboard the Harbor Breezes Christopher whale watching boat during a tour hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific last month, plenty of endangered fin whales were spotted off the coast of Long Beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula along with a "super pod" of dolphins (see photos above).

According to the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cetacean Society, "unseasonable" blue whales have also been spotted in Southern California waters feeding on a large supply of krill south of Point Fermin.

The most recent Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project report, also run by the LA American Cetacean Society, lists a total of 772 gray whales spotted since December 2012 with 732 traveling south and 40 traveling north.

For those interested in getting a closer look at the whales traveling through local waters, there are two local whale watching boats offering daily excursions.

The Christopher boat, operated by Harbor Breeze Cruises runs twice daily two-hour tours out of Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor for $35 per person.

The Voyager, operated out of Redondo Beach's King Harbor also offers twice daily tours for $25 per person.

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