Pod of killer whales seen off Orange County coast

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DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Whale watchers are reporting this season’s first pod of killer whales after at least 15 orcas were spotted just outside Newport Beach Harbor.

Boat Capt. Tom Southern tells the Orange County Register that Saturday’s spotting was rare, and the 15 killer whales included a large male and a little baby.

Whale watchers thought there may be a predator in the area when they hadn’t seen a single dolphin an hour after the boat left Dana Point Harbor.

Then the orca fins were spotted and the pod swam around for a bit before disappearing.

Southern says the last killer whales he saw were a year ago in February.

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