While exploring the waters off of Dana Point, a vessel from Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari was approached by a pod of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, a species not seen there in almost a decade. As if that alone weren't exciting enough, something incredible happened - one of the whales gave birth, right before their eyes.
"In over twenty years on the water I have never seen anything like that," Captain Dave Anderson said in a statement. "And I know of no one who has ever seen a wild Pseudorca birth! I am so happy for our passengers and crew that got to see this. Wow, what a blessing from God this was. What a miracle."
Fortunately for the rest of us, one of the passengers was able to capture the little whale calf's first moments of life on video.