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CA - Gray whale count underway as NOAA raises concerns over strandings

The Central Coast is the location for the official gray whale population count. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sends dozens of scientists from around the West Coast to Big Sur in December, January and February to count the animals as they make there way south.

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. —The sun is out and Aimee Lang has a clear view of the Pacific Ocean, in other words, perfect conditions for spotting pods of gray whales.

"Today we are out here counting whales as they pass through Granite Canyon California, which is just about 10 miles south of Carmel," said Lang.

The Central Coast is the location for the official gray whale population count. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sends dozens of scientists from around the West Coast to Big Sur in December, January and February to count the animals as they make their way south.

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