Killer whales spotted off SF coast

July 6, 2009 12:20:10 PM PDT
A rare visitor, captured on videotape, is proof that one of the richest marine environments in the world is off San Francisco's coast.

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Naturalists say a whale tour spotted at least two male and three female killer whales Sunday near the Farallon Islands -- 30 miles west of San Francisco.

Stan Minasian with Ocean Society Expeditions shot video of the whales. He says killer whales are usually in our area only once or twice a year.

"I talked with a naturalistswho were onboard the boat at the time. She's done over 150 of these trips and she's never seen anything like it before. One of the female killer whales came right up next to the boat, turned on its side and eyeballed everybody on the boat for like 10 minutes. She said it was absolutely amazing," said naturalist Stan Minasian.

Marine experts say the killer whales were probably here looking for salmon, which has become increasingly sparse in the Pacific Northwest.

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