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Whale-Watching Season Begins in Southern California

Watchers have been seeing more whales this year than in previous years.

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    Whale-Watching Season Begins in Southern California
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    A whale's tail rises from the sea as it swims.

    It's the photo every whale-watcher wants to capture -- the tail rising above the water, just before a whale is about to dive.

    At least one of the whales migrating south for the winter is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame, repeatedly "fluking," as the act is called, for onlookers aboard an Aquarium of the Pacific boat on Wednesday, according to the Orange County Register.

    "We like to call those guys the Hollywood whales, because they just want their pictures taken," senior marine biologist Michele Sousa told the OC Register.

    It is peak gray-whale-watching season, as the giant mammals make their way from the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska down to Baja California until March.

    This year is shaping up to be a fruitful one, as the American Catacean Society in Point Vicente has counted almost twice as many whales this year than they had last year at this time, according to the Orange County Register.

    This year's number includes 14 mothers with new calves, contributing to the stable whale population of about 20,000.

    Whales will remain south until February or March then make the trip back up north, according to the OC Register.