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Unusual Ocean Animals Spotted Across California

 Warmer waters across the California coast have brought unprecedented sightings of marine animals along the shore and in the water. Larger fish and bigger schools of fish are staying around later in the year, and in some cases, species that have never before been documented in California have found their way to California shores. 

Above normal temperatures in the Pacific started in the winter of 2013-2014 and continue today, experts have said. Some strange marine animal sighting are the result of "The Blob", a patch of warmer water in the Pacific Ocean, and others a result of "El Nino", a warming of the water off the Pacific Coast of South America. 

Explore our interactive of some of the most unusual and odd sighting of animals along the coast of California this year. 

Editor's note: The interactive may not be compatible with all mobile devices.

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