Killer Whale Bumps Boat off Peninsula
Nicole Mooradian
Dec 3, 2012

Whale-watchers aboard the Christopher out of Long Beach’s Harbor Breeze Cruises get a surprise Sunday.

A pod of orcas spotted preying on common dolphin and a sea lion off the Palos Verdes Peninsula gave whale-watchers aboard the Christopher a surprise Sunday when one of them bumped the boat.

“The whales appeared to ‘greet’ us: all of them came over to our boat, and under us,” wrote Alisa Schulman-Janiger, who was aboard the Christopher at the time, on the American Cetacean Society – Los Angeles Chapter Facebook page. “The large male actually rushed to our boat, suddenly stopped … turned on his side, and lightly contacted the boat—with his dorsal fin partly inside the boat!”

Janiger runs the California Killer Whale Project, which catalogs individual orcas based on their distinct markings.

The four orcas were part of the CA51 matriline. The group included a mother (CA51), her two sons and CA51’s female calf, nicknamed “Comet,” Janiger wrote.

“We were all beside ourselves; the guys on the boat were yelling,” Janiger told Pete Thomas of Pete Thomas Outdoors. “We couldn’t believe what was happening.”

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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