Large Orca Pod Spotted Off the Coast of Galveston
Here is a really cool story for all you animal lovers out there with one of the last sea creatures that you would see off the coast of Galveston. One luck group that was fishing was able to catch an up-close video of this pod of orcas. This is probably once in a lifetime event in the Gulf for people who witnessed it. Hear the story and see the incredible video below uploaded by KHOU
As reported by KHOU, the boat was about 100 miles off the coast of Galveston when Captain Hardeman said it took a second to recognize what was right in front of him. "We got closer, I thought it might be some pilot whales so I started to slow down," Hardeman said. "Before I knew it, the killer whales, they were just on us. It happened immediately." Killer whales in the Gulf? Are you kidding me?
While it is not unheard of to have Killer Whales in the Gulf it is a very rare sight. There is a small population of orcas in the Gulf. According to Greg Whittaker, Animal Husbandry Manager with Moody Gardens. "Every three years or so there's a similar report" in the Galveston area.
There were Initially about 100 whales, a group of maybe 30 to 50 broke off and started following the boat." Perfect timing, talk about being at the right place at the right time. It might be noted that all on the boat realized that they had realized something special.