Killer whales, also known as Orca Whales, which are not often seen off the coast of southern California, gave beach lovers quite the treat as they made a showing near Dana Point, just south of Los Angeles. “To watch the orcas in the wild is something that you…it’s just breathtaking. It’s so beautiful,” said Donna Wharf, general manager of Dana Wharf Sports Fishing and Whale Watching. She was quoted in an ABC News report that also quoted whale researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger as saying the whales likely are taking a “family vacation” down the California coast.
Dana Wharf Whale Watch, which sponsors whale watching excursions, posted this video – taken aboard the Dana Pride – on its YouTube page. “We only see these rare whales once every few years!” they wrote.
According to Wikipedia, killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. However, they are not often spotted near L.A., tending to spend their times in much cooler waters off northern California, Washington and Oregon. Despite their name, killer whales are not generally considered a threat to humans.