This group of whale watchers got a killer surprise on its boat tour. Just off the coast of Dana Point in Southern California, the group bore witness to a once-in-a-lifetime event: the birth of a false killer whale.
One man exclaimed, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
As its name suggests, the false killer whale bears no direct relation to the killer whale, but is likewise a large species of dolphin. These aquatic mammals travel in pods, this particular pod consisting of roughly 40 blackfish.
Upon giving birth, the mama whale worked to keep her newborn close to the surface of the water to help it breathe, with assistance from the rest of the pod. One of the guides tells the group, “You can tell it is a newborn too because the dorsal fin is laid over. When they are born the dorsal fin is laid over ease of birth.”
Together they keep the newborn at the surface. Eventually, the little one started to swim around and left everyone in awe.
It’s safe to say these tourists are going to have a whale of a tale to tell when they get home!
Check out the video below to see this incredible act of nature in action!Whizzco