Tourists hanging out at La Jolla Cove yesterday afternoon were surprised when they saw a family of killer whales swim up and play in the water for a while.
The whales, identified as orcas, are typically seen in the Northern California area, or in the arctic, or in Antartica. They're rarely seen down in the Southern California area, but it's not unheard of; they've been seen in Los Angeles and San Diego before.
The owner of a nearby PR company, Grant Wright, shot a great video of the whales as he happened to be looking out the window at the cove when they swam up. There were also dolphins nearby. Wright's employee, Chance Shay, also saw them while eating lunch nearby at a restaurant that overlooks the cove. Shay said that he thought the whales were dolphins at first, until he spotted the black and white pattern that identifies them as orcas. One of the whales was an adult female orca and the other seemed to be younger orcas. The "mama orca" herded the younger ones into the cove, where they frolicked for a while. A crowd gathered there at the railings to watch.