A pod of orcas made a rare appearance to the delight of the passengers on a fishing boat off the coast of Galveston, Texas, on 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.”
A spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the sighting was uncommon, local media reported. A 2020 preliminary report estimated 267 orcas living in the northern Gulf of Mexico while the latest final stock assessment in 2012 estimated 28 whales in the area, they said. Credit: Sam Hardeman via Storyful