VIDEO: Orcas spotted off the coast of La Jolla

Posted at 2:06 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 21:13:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Rare video captured off the coast of La Jolla shows a pod of orcas swimming near a boat.

The video was taken by Domenic Biagini Wednesday from his drone. Biagini says the whales were originally spotted near Dana Point before reappearing in La Jolla.

“The behaviors and interactiveness was just otherworldly," said Biagini. "I have an English degree, I'm supposed to be able to use words for a living, and every time something like that happens, I just, there aren’t words."

Experts say this type of sighting is especially rare because this particular pod of killer whales, Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), is from Baja.

Biagini has been lucky enough to spot the pod three times now.

“The best thing about these drones, they are the most non-invasive way to film and photograph these animals at close range, because the frequency they operate at is not even audible to cetacean, which are dolphins and whales," said Biagini.

Earlier this month a pod of orcas was filmed swimming alongside a charter vessel roughly 35 miles from San Diego Bay.

During that sighting, the whales appeared to play in the wake of the boat for about an hour and a half.

The boat’s captain told 10News he’s never had an experience like this in his 15 years of fishing off the coast of San Diego.

Biagini says while he can't know for sure, he believes this is likely the same pod he's been tracking.

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