Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Underwater video of killer whales off California coast

One voice among the group of whale watchers said it all: “It’s unbelievable. This is the best killer whale show I’ve ever seen.”

Indeed, when a whale-watching boat spots 40 killer whales on one trip, it really is unbelievable.

And to see some of the orcas from an underwater viewing station aboard the Manute’a? All the more incredible.

That’s exactly what happened last Thursday on a whale-watching trip with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari out of Dana Point, Calif. Take a look at part of the trip on this YouTube clip from Captain Dave's:

Wildlife enthusiasts can take an African safari and see lions, elephants, giraffes and hippopotamuses, among other exotic animals, in their native habitat.

Most people only see killer whales, aka orcas, at Sea World. Same for dolphins. But on Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, one can sometimes see hundreds of dolphins in one pod in the wild, and during the winter whale-watching season (which is now), possibly a handful of whales -- this only miles off the Orange County coast.

Seeing 40 killer whales is not a guarantee, however, but during the winter season you’re likely to see at least one or two migrating gray whales, with blue whales passing by on occasion in the summer months.

Which is why seeing 40 killer whales on Thursday was so rare, so special.

The underwater video was taken from the eye-to-eye underwater viewing pod, originally designed to view dolphins on the Manute'a.

The view of dolphins -- like the view of the killer whales you just saw -- is unlike any other in the world. Can't imagine seeing hundreds of dolphins at once? Then take a look at this KABC special report.

Captain Dave Anderson has also incorporated live streaming video online for those who can’t make it out to Dana Point. But if you're in the neighborhood, it's time well spent.

At the end of Thursday’s trip, three killer whales lined up, spouting water and slapping the water with their tails one after another, as if putting on a show.

You know, maybe they were.

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1 comment:

  1. The video is really amazing. Killer Whales are among my favorite animals and I really wish to be able to get that close to one someday.


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