VIDEO: Pod of orcas spotted during rare sighting off Texas coast
GALVESTON, Texas - A pod of orcas made a rare appearance off the Texas coast!
Passengers on a fishing boat off the coast of Galveston, Texas got to see the rare sight on Wednesday, March 17. Footage shared by Sam Hardeman, a fishing vessel captain, shows adult killer whales breaching the waters with juvenile orcas.
"Ran into a pod of killer whales on the drive home today," he wrote in a Facebook caption. "Once-in-a-lifetime experience."
"They’re really putting on a show now," an angler said in the video as several orcas broke the surface directly in front of the boat.
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A spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the sighting was uncommon, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
According to a 2020 preliminary report, an estimated 267 killer whales live in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The most recent final stock assessment in 2012 estimated just 28 orcas in that region.
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