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A group of surfers couldn’t believe their eyes when they realized a gray whale had joined them in the breakers earlier this week.

Payton Landaas captured footage of Monday’s encounter at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point with a drone.

Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 13, 2019.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly described the whale’s species. The story has been updated.