Video: Killer Whale Swims Alongside Boat Off La Jolla

Boaters sighted a killer whale off of La Jolla last week.

Tourists aboard Ocean Odyssey had a rare sighting off La Jolla on Sunday – a killer whale.

In our YouTube Clip of the Week, a killer whale swims around and plays in the bubbles near a boat about 5 miles off shore.

A marine biologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in La Jolla told the U-T San Diego that killer whale sightings in San Diego are indeed rare.

 “This is very unusual,” he told the paper. “It happens, but I hear about it only once every five to 10 years.”

Watch the 1-minute video to see for yourself. The video had 2,361 views on YouTube by Wednesday afternoon.

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Serge Dedina July 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Orcas used to be a lot more common off of the San Diego Coast. In the 1950s and 60s surfers at the Tijuana Sloughs reported the frequent presence of an orca pod and in fact one was so common it was called "broken fin" (this pod was also documented by marine biologists). There was also an attack by a pod of orcas on a gray whale not to far off of the beach somewhere off of Casa Beach either in the 1950s or 1960s.


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