Coast Guard Spots Blue Whale Near Entrance to Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – At about noon today, a Coast Guard Helicopter reported sighting a Blue Whale approximately 4 miles Southwest of the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles.

The helicopter air crew observed the whale swim underneath a tug and barge operating in the area. The crew then confirmed with the vessel that it had not made any contact with the whale. The vessel spotted a blue whale a few minutes later about one quarter of a mile away.

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service and the Marine Exchange of Southern California are broadcasting a marine information broadcast to alert vessel traffic in the area as a precaution to protect both shipping and the whale.

Collisions with whales or sightings of injured whales should be reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at (562) 980-4017. Boaters can contact the U.S. Coast Guard on Channel 16.

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