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'Friendly' Endangered Fin Whale Swims Alongside Boat Off California Coast

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Whale watchers enjoyed a close encounter with a beautiful fin whale off the coast of Dana Point, California.

This drone video from boat tour agency Capt Dave’s Whale Watching, posted on January 25, shows the whale swimming near their boat.

“We love encountering these ‘greyhounds of the sea,’ who are often curious and friendly toward our boats,” wrote Capt Dave’s Whale Watching. “With fin whales, humpbacks, and gray whales all being sighted in the last several days, it’s absolutely a ‘fintastic’ time for whale watching off Dana Point.”

Fin whales are the second-largest whale species after blue whales, according to the NOAA, weighing between 40 to 80 tons and measuring from 75 to 85 feet. The species is classified as endangered. Credit: Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching via Storyful

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