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Massive Schools Of Anchovies Drawing Humpback Whales To California's Coast

Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio
 

Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio

Humpback whales are on a feeding frenzy in the Monterey Bay.

Dan Albro of the aquarium says schools of anchovies are thriving in the cool waters, and are attracting the whales. It’s made for extraordinary whale watching the past couple of years.  

“California is lighting up right now with humpback activity," he says. "You can go to Santa Cruz easily, even further south of us you can go see humpbacks.”

Albro says anchovies are also bringing out the dolphins, sea lions and pelicans. The humpbacks can eat two to four tons of the small shimmering fish a day.

“So the anchovies really are the dinner bell being rung," he says.

The acrobatic behaviors of the endangered whale can be seen until early October this year. That’s when they head south to Central America, where they will be fasting for the winter.

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