REDONDO BEACH — A pod of rare blue whales has been thrilling kayakers, boaters and tourists off the Southern California coast.

The world’s largest mammals have been breaching for the past week off Redondo Beach.

A KTTV news helicopter broadcast live video Monday showing one of the whales breaching in Santa Monica Bay. The station also showed footage of kayakers within a few feet of the ocean giants.

Voyager Excursions skipper Craig Stanton says it’s the second year in a row that blue whales are coming within a mile of the mouth of King Harbor. They are seeing an average of 10 blue whales a day.

And they are very curious.

Stanton says they swim to the boat and brush up against the vessel.

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