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Pod Of Orcas Shows Up Off Palos Verdes Coast

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A group of orcas were spotted off the coast in Palos Verdes Friday evening, marking the first time this particular pod has been spotted since 2015. The pod, known as CA-51, was first spotted by Harbor Breeze Cruises near the Palos Verdes coast. The pod traveled all the way down to Huntington Beach by the evening, according to the Daily Breeze.

Captain Dan Salas of Harbor Breeze Cruises was leading a boat of dolphin watchers when they spotted the orcas. This pod is "family of about five orcas," he told NBC, and they're "extremely friendly," interacting heavily with the boat and passengers.

The pod of orcas is well-known and recognized for their friendly demeanor. Several of them have been given names like Bumper, O’rion, Star and Comet, according to the Daily Breeze. They've been spotted several times over the years; back in 2012, they traveled around Palos Verdes, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara. Capt. Salas hopes they'll still be visible to whale watchers through the weekend.

Tickets for whale watching with Harbor Breeze Cruises cost $35 and can be purchased on their website or by calling 562-432-4900.