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Blue Whales in Danger off California Shore

File photo. (Digital Vision/Thinkstock)(LOS ANGELES) -- They are the world’s biggest creatures and they are currently feeding in the path of some of the largest ships on the sea. Endangered blue whales are congregating near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to feast on an abundance of krill.

The whales’ dining spot is putting them in danger, increasing the likelihood that they could be hit by a passing ship.

“While this is a unique and exciting opportunity to have these animals out here, it also puts them at great risk,” John Calambokidis, co-founder of the Olympia, Wash.-based Cascadia Research Collective, told the Los Angeles Times.

In the last 10 years, dozens of whales have been injured or killed in the waters off California by ships, according to the paper. Scientists estimate that there are approximately 2,000 blue whales in the Pacific, a number they hope continues to increase.

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New Tropical Storm Eugene Brews in Pacific

Hemera Technologies/ -- A new tropical storm has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Eugene is about 410 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico.

The storm could strengthen over the next three days, according to Todd Kimberlain, a forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"We think that if it becomes a hurricane, that it will remain well offshore Mexico, including Baja, California," he said.

The storm is currently churning in the Pacific with 40 mph winds.

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