Peering over the top deck of the Redondo Beach-based Voyager, 7-year-old Michael Botros was impressed: "Oh my God!" he shouted.

Michael was watching three minke whales lunch on shrimp-like krill a few miles from shore Friday afternoon.

"I saw a fin," he yelled, as the 10-ton whales circled a patch of food. "It's coming toward us. Oh my God, it's right there, it's right there!"

Minkes are some of the smallest baleen whales, but this whale-watching excursion out of Redondo Beach Marina was on a mission to find the biggest mammals on Earth. Hundred-ton blue whales have visited the area every summer for the past six years. Blues are the largest of the 80 species of whales worldwide.

Michael Botros, 6, of Torrance keeps an eye out for surfacing whales on the Voyager whale watching boat out of King Harbor in Redondo Beach.
Michael Botros, 6, of Torrance keeps an eye out for surfacing whales on the Voyager whale watching boat out of King Harbor in Redondo Beach. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)
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