Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Whale Gives Birth Next to Whale Watching Boat Off Dana Point

Awesome. She squirted out that baby and then they both just kept on going - even though the newborn didn't know how to swim...

Whale watchers had a breathtaking encounter today off the coast of Dana Point, California, when they witnessed a rarely seen False Killer Whale giving birth.
Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari’s catamaran watched in awe as members of a pod containing around 40 false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens),came up to port side of the boat and pushed against it. There was a sudden burst of blood and newborn calf popped out! The unexpected birth occurred in about 80 feet water.
Captain Tom Southern, who witnessed the remarkable event, said “the whole group huddled around the calf, and they spent the next 10 to 12 minutes taking turns pushing the calf to the surface while the newborn learned how to swim”.

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