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I See Your Dolphin Side Show and Raise You a Selfie-Loving Orca

A couple of friends from San Diego got a super rare treat while out on a fishing expedition. While traveling at a high rate of speed, they suddenly happened upon an pod of Orcas about half a mile off the bow. Then, one of the Orcas split off from the pod, and burst from the water right beside the boat. The Orca would continue to follow them for around 10 minutes, having thoroughly shocked and soaked them with its first appearance. It was so close to the boat that they said they could have reached out and touched it while it leaped out of the water.

The crew took advantage of the ample selfie and video opportunities. They said the fishing trip may have been a dud, but it was worth it for the Orcas and an "awesome day on the water". But if you thought this was an amazing case, this encounter with a young white killer whale was truly a rare sight to behold.

Orca shocks San Diego fisherman by following the boat and playing with them, along with loving the limelight and "taking selfies"
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Amid growing controversy surrounding Seaworld's orca whales, they have finally vowed to stop orca breeding.  

Since the release of 'Blackfish', a documentary that puts orca whale captivity in a very negative light (see the trailer below) the shows and captive breeding program at SeaWorld seem to have lost their charm.  



As SeaWorld put it in a statement about the decision to stop breeding orca whales, attitudes are changing:

We're changing because attitudes about animals under human care have evolved and we need to evolve with them. And make no mistake: we have all played a big part in why society has evolved on this issue. 

When we opened our doors more than 50 years ago, killer whales were feared and hunted. Now, orcas are among the most beloved marine mammals on the planet. One reason why is more than 400 million people came to our parks and fell in love with our whales.

So in many ways, SeaWorld faced the ultimate paradox. Our whales are one of the biggest reasons people visit our parks. At the same time large animals like orcas under human care were a growing concern for many people. The world changed -- and today SeaWorld is changing with it. 
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Rich German has been paddle boarding around Laguna Beach, California for years, but he has never seen a pod of Orcas until now.

Here’s his GoPro footage of the moment as the 5 killer whales swim around him and even underneath his board.

“I’m sharing this to raise awareness for these incredible, magical creatures,” he writes on Facebook.