Boat tourists and whale enthusiasts got an amazing surprise last weekend when a rare sight popped up -- or breached up! -- out of the water. A pod of pilot whales numbering about 50, including whale moms and calves, graced the waters off Dana Point, in Orange County, Calif.
The pilot whale sighting was a rarity for those particular waters. A fairly common occurrence in the 1980s, it's been 18 years since the last sighting of pilot whales in the area, according to the Orange County Register.
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Luckily, the folks from
Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari
boat tours and sightseeing were in the area and captured these creatures as they made their return to old haunts.
Here a mom and calf give ocean tourists a thrill.