Alisa Schulman-Janiger, a killer whale researcher and affiliate with the American Cetacean Society in Los Angeles, was observing the group of orcas near Huntington Beach on Friday when she noticed three jet skiers who seemed dead set on getting a closer look. Rather than keep their distance to avoid disturbing the animals, as the law requires, Schulman-Janiger watched as the individuals noisily raced ahead to chase the orcas down.
"The whales were surfacing all around them, and either they or the whales could have potentially been injured," Schulman-Janiger told The Dodo. "The whales were traveling at about 9 knots, a very fast pace."
The reason for the jet skiers' risky behavior? Apparently, they wanted to take selfies.