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Orcas (Killer Whales) Viewed Off Newport Beach
Dec/Jan 2012
Story provided by Davey's Locker

Killer whales are viewed infrequently in southern California waters with the most southern resident pod making Monterey their home much of the year. December and January 2012 has seen a huge number of killer whale sightings with sometimes dozens spotted during the single cruise. Whale watchers from Davey's Locker Whale Watching and Newport Landing Whale Watching witnessed killer whales breaching completely out of the water, coming right underneath the whale watching ship, and even feeding. For whatever reason, the most southern resident pod of killer whales that normally makes Monterey their home have been frequently Newport Beach waters. Additionally a larger number of killer whales from an offshore pod that usually travels the open ocean have also decided to spend sometime in the waters off Newport Beach resulting in large influx of killer whales sighted.

With blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and many species of dolphin, Newport Beach has become one of the top whale watching destinations in the world it is hard to believe such a thriving ecosystem is right here in the heart of southern California.

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Enclosed are some great video clips from different whale watching trips from Davey's Locker Whale Watching viewing the killer whales over Dec & Jan 2012.

Breaching Killer Whales

Killer Whale Right Under Ship

Amazing Killer Whales Sightings




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