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Orcas chase nervous fishermen off Point Loma

An orca very nearly jumps into a fishing boat. Photo: Screen grab
An orca very nearly jumps into a fishing boat.

Two fishermen off Southern California received a bit of a scare when a pod of orcas began chasing their boat with one looking as if it were trying to jump aboard.

Ben and Todd were heading out from San Diego Bay at dawn to do some fishing and spearfishing when they saw the orcas in the distance.

"We saw the animals but couldn't determine exactly what they were until they approached our boat," Ben said.

When the orcas approached the 20-foot boat five miles off Point Loma, the fishermen began getting a bit nervous and decided it was time to leave. What happened next no doubt got their hearts pumping faster (to cut to the chase start at the 54-second mark; the big surprise comes at 1:23):

Ben estimated the pod of orcas had "about 30 of them, young and old, small and large."

Once they began swimming around the boat, the fishermen's banter revealed their nervousness.

"You better go."

"Go, go, go, go!"

"He's right under us still. He's right there."

One orca got a bit too close for comfort when it leaped toward the stern, promping an "Oh dude!"

In response, the driver of the boat increased the speed of the boat.

The orcas actually appeared to be having fun in the boat's wake, much like dolphins do. But it was a good thing the boat didn't stall at an inappropriate time otherwise the whale might have boarded the boat.

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