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Whale watchers witness rare birth off California coast

UPI – A whale watching expedition off the California coast encountered what initially appeared to be a whale in distress but turned out to be something much more rare – a grey whale giving birth.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari shared a video to YouTube showing the mother and her newborn calf swimming off the coast of Dana Point.

“For a minute, many of us thought it may be a shark or predatory event. But no, instead of the end of life, it was the beginning of a new one,” the video’s caption reads.

The group said the sight was a “once-in-a-lifetime” event for the passengers and crew, as grey whales typically give birth in the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico.

A grey whale calf being born in front of an amazed crowd off Dana Point, California, United States. PHOTO: AP

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