Blue whales provide magical moments for San Diego newlyweds

Blue whales provide magical moments for San Diego newlyweds

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Blue whales provide magical moments for San Diego newlyweds

A San Diego newlywed spent most of Tuesday treating his wife’s side of the family to boat rides, and it’s safe to assume that Domenic Biagini placed himself in good graces.

The La Jolla-based wildlife photographer, who got married Saturday, found blue whales on each of three excursions, and even enjoyed a close blue whale encounter with his wife, Samantha.

“All were giant successes,” Biagini, 26,  told USA Today.

Blue whale calf lingers beneath boat in video screen grab

But the third trip stood out as truly magical, when Biagini and his wife’s aunt and uncle watched in awe as blue whale calf – still much longer than Biagini’s 21-foot boat – swam directly beneath and circled the stationary vessel.

“In what was truly a once in a lifetime moment, this baby Blue Whale decided it wanted to do a little people watching!” Biagini wrote in his YouTube description. “The playful calf circled our boat while our engine was completely off, and eventually swam directly under us twice!

“I am on the water every single day, and I have never seen a Blue Whale do something like this. The view from the drone shows you that this ‘little’ whale is still nearly twice the size of the boat!”

Blue whales are the largest creatures on earth. Adults can measure nearly 100 feet and weigh more than 150 tons. Calves measure about 23 feet at birth, and the whale that visited Biagini’s vessel was perhaps 35 feet long.

Blue whale sightings are somewhat rare off Southern California, but in recent weeks the endangered whales have been feeding in areas from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

The mammals feed almost exclusively on shrimp-like krill, and adults can consume up to 4 tons of krill per day.

Asked if this was how Biagini and his wife were enjoying their honeymoon, he responded, “This was just post-wedding fun. Our honeymoon is in Maui in October.”

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