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Whale swims into Tomales Bay, dazzling onlookers

December 31, 2010
By Alison Hawkes

It’s rare that a whale turns up in Tomales Bay. But this week a 25-footer showed up to dine on worms, mollusks, and crustaceans during the annual winter migration from Alaska to the warmer waters of Baja, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

A spokeswoman for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary said more and more whales are arriving during their migration looking for food and lacking a needed extra layer of fat. She attributes it to a change in food availability in the ocean.

Check out the gray whales as they swim off the shore of Point Reyes. The park service is offering free shuttle rides on weekends and holidays from Drakes Beach to viewing spots on the Headlands.

In the meantime, this video of the Tomales Bay whale, posted on YouTube, should get you revved up to go see the gentle giants.

Tags: grey whale, tomalas bay

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