Images: Rare Whale Sightings

The images are breathtaking. Experiencing these majestic creatures in real life is almost surreal.

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The images are breathtaking. Experiencing these majestic creatures in real life is almost surreal. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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Rare whale sightings off the coast of San Diego are proving to be a priceless Kodak moment for the owner of a whale-watching excursion. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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“Right out of the harbor we were able to observe something that is truly special. A brand new baby Gray Whale traveling with its mother,” Captain Ivan Reiff of Western Prince Whale Watching said. The baby was so new that it still had fetal folds on its rostrum. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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The Western Explorer headed south about 12 more miles to a spot where Reiff has been lucky in the past few weeks. Friday was no exception. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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A humpback whale cruised along with the occasional longer dive. After a longer dive Reiff was getting ready to leave when he spotted its flukes again and decided to get another look. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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“The next surfacing was a full breach with a 180 degree twist! And then another, and then huge lunges with streams of krill, which it must have been feeding on, coming from both sides of its mouth,” Reiff said. Photo courtesy of Ivan Reiff/ Western Prince Whale Watching
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