In the benefits-of-coastal-living department, here’s something you don’t often see just 20 or so miles from office buildings and apartment houses: A pod of killer whales out in the wild.

Last week a group of people on a whale-watching tour got what they paid for when they happened upon a group of a dozen or so orcas cavorting not too far from the Golden Gate Bridge. The videos have hit YouTube:

Check out the video at the bottom of this page for a different view.

Some orcas eat sea mammals like sea lions and other whales, while others eat only fish, according to an expert in one of the videos plus lots of sites on the Internet.

The Marine Mammal Anti-Defamation League said the whales were in town to protest the negative depiction of orcas in the 1977 Dino DeLaurentis epic Orca The Killer Whale, a clip of which we provide below, strictly for informational purposes:

Video: Killer Whales Hit San Francisco Bay Area 14 February,2011Jon Brooks

  • Jen

    Sure beats the heck out of Marine World and all those other inhumane “animal parks”. Their dorsel fins are tall, healthy and gorgeous, unlike those orcas that have been kidnapped for our entertainment.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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