Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Videos: Killer Whales Seen Up Close off Orange County's Coast

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Last month, a pod of playful killer whales were seen in the San Pedro Channel (you can watch that video here). Now a group -- possibly the same one? -- was spotted between two whale watching boats yesterday, just three miles from the beaches of Dana Point, feasting upon a dead sea lion.

An up close and personal encounter was documented on video, which can be seen here. “It was incredible. In all my years of watching killer whales, I’ve never actually seen them go after a mammal," explained said Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari to the OC Register. "This was kind of a first.”

Another group, Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportsfishing, also saw the whales yesterday and posted the above video to YouTube. And over the weekend, a boater off the Ventura coast also spotted a pod of killer whales near shore.