PACIFICA, Calif. (KGO) --Lots of people hit beaches in the Bay Area to enjoy the 4th of July holiday. Some were hoping to catch a spectacular view close to shore.
Most of the people at Pacifica State Beach were there to enjoy July 4th by the water, but there are a few here to see wildlife in the water.
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"I was looking for the whales out there. I saw them yesterday. They've been going through Half Moon Bay and down through Pacifica here," said Frederick Ricard, South San Francisco resident.
In the past week, a team of whales has been feeding in these waters. Marine scientists said weather patterns seem to be pushing schools of fish close to the coast and that's what the whales are after. Surfers in Pacifica have been getting the best vantage point.
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"I saw two whales, and you know they're whales because all the birds go to it," said Alissandro Tolentino, surfer
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazard Warning through the evening. Anyone venturing into the water needs to be aware of strong rip currents.
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A few whales have also been spotted at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The chilly weather and wind hasn't stopped party plans for quite a few people.
"No one has cars so this is the easiest place for everyone to get to, to travel. There are the new bon fire regulations which puts a drag on things but that's okay," said Rafael Musni, San Francisco resident.
Fires are only allowed to use concrete fire pits on Ocean Beach and tonight the whole area closes at dark.
Musni and his friends are in for the long haul, they've brought plenty of food and Musni has packed plenty of patriotism. Even his dog is decked out to help celebrate the Fourth of July.