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YouTube: Kayaker rides alongside blue whale in Redondo Beach

October 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A kayaker got up close and personal with a blue whale just a few miles off the Southern California coast in Redondo Beach.

The breathtaking encounter was posted on YouTube.

Sightings of the blue whale off our coast used to be rare, but we've seen more blue whales over the past five years.

It's not clear whether that's because there are more blue whales, or because their migration pattern has changed.