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Playful orca delights fishermen off San Diego coast

Posted at 2:52 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 17:52:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV and ABC) - Fishermen had a close encounter with killer whales off the San Diego coast that was caught on camera.

The group was on a 21-foot boat looking for yellowtail when they came across the orcas.

"Out of nowhere, one of them popped up right next to the boat 3 or 4 feet away from me…landed, splashed me, and splashed the whole side of the boat. I screamed,” witness Nathan Benge told Good Morning America.

One of the killer whales had a playful interaction, performing a belly roll beneath the surface of the boat’s wake, GMA reported.

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“Oh, it was incredible,” said Benge. “I've never been that close to a creature. Just huge. I mean, I could have reached out and touched it.”

The orca swam near Benge’s boat for 10 minutes before it left.