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    Man Encounters Orca Pod off San Diego Coast

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    http://www.cbs8.com/misc/orca_photos/index.php

    An East County man is sharing his breathtaking adventure with News 8. His boating trip off the coast of Point Loma became a setting for wildlife photography when a pod of killer whales surrounded him.

    Bill Lewis is a weekend warrior. Monday through Friday he works in retail sales, but last week he launched his boat at Shelter Island, and had himself a whale of a time.

    It was dawn when Bill headed out past Point Loma in his 22-foot boat. The weather was dead calm, no wind and no swell to speak of.

    "It was beautiful, fantastic… it was kind of magical, it was quiet. It was extremely still," he said.

    It was just perfect for pictures, which Bill snaps a lot of. An avid boater for the past five years, Bill has seen grey whales, plenty of dolphins and Navy submarines. But nothing like this.

    Eight miles out to sea, Bill was suddenly surrounded by more than 30 killer whales.

    "There was one that I estimated as about 30 feet long. I have a 22-foot boat," he said.

    They nicknamed that big one "Grandpa" because he protectively swam straight at Bill's boat.

    "Trying to take a picture, and this thing went right under the boat and we felt like the kid in 'Home Alone' - it went under the boat," he said.

    Just a wake-up call, really. One of those if you don't bother us, we won't bother you statements. So Bill turned off the engine and just soaked it all in.

    Bill's been to Sea World a few times, but says there's just something about killer whales in the wild that screams "stay in the boat".

    "I have new respect for Shamu. I wouldn't want to try to jump in and ride one of these whales," Bill said.

    Sea World tells us there are only two or three killer whale sightings in San Diego a year, and that these specific Orcas were probably working the coast for food between Baja and Middle California.
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    Wow! That would be really cool and really terrifying at the same time.

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    Just showed the pictures to the missus, she loved them but is now seriously p'd we didn't get chance to go whale watching when we visited!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    Just showed the pictures to the missus, she loved them but is now seriously p'd we didn't get chance to go whale watching when we visited!
    Awwwww!!! But you were out in April, which was kinda late for whale watching.

    I've been on several whale watching "cruises" and never had luck. I did see a gray whale while on a dependent's cruise on my step-dad's destroyer.
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