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Breaching killer whales off O.C. captured on video

January 24, 2012 |  9:42 am

Whales are continuing to put on a show for tour boats and sightseers along the Southern California coast as they migrate south to Mexico.

Dozens of killer whales were spotted last week along the coast from Dana Point to Long Beach, delighting people lucky enough to see them.

A pod of roving orcas was first spotted in early January. Then last week, 20 to 40 of the marine mammals were spotted.

It's shaping up to be a good season for whale watching, after spotters reported record sightings of gray whales in December -– more than they had seen in 28 years.

Davey's Locker in Newport Beach has posted several spectacular photos and videos taken during this month's excursions, including one video of breaching orcas.

"Whale watching has been good; we've been seeing quite a few blue whales and fin whales," employee Ty Gevas said.


Rare sighting of killer whales off SoCal coastline

Dozens of killer whales thrill Southern California sightseers

-- Kimi Yoshino and Tony Barboza

Video credit: Davey's locker