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They are likely either Dall's porpoise or Pacifc white-sided dolphins. Dall's porpoise looks like a miniature Orca.
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Orcas are a LOT bigger than a dolphin. It's hard to tell from the video, but you were there. were they 6 feet long or 20? were the dorsal fins 6' tall?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ture-trip.html

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Thanks Newport for the post / video and faster for the explanation.

I was going to pipe in and ask if it could be a false killer whale ?
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hard to see in the video but maybe pilot whales?

Pilot whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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......I was going to pipe in and ask if it could be a false killer whale ?
According to this link: False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) False killers are entirely black..

I'm pretty sure there was some white on the beasts in the video. They do look on the small side for orcas, but the dorsal fin and behaviour were very orca-ish, - not the arched-back style of most any dolphin.
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Here is the whale/dolphin count for Newport. It hasn't been updated beyond the 19th, so you'll have to wait for a few days

Killer whales were there on the 11th.

NEWPORT LANDING WHALE WATCHING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHALE WATCHING WHALE AND DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS
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They are Risso's Dolphin. They are larger that the Bottle Nose dolphin and a lot larger that the Pacific Common Dolphin. They are not as boisterous and the Bottle nose. They are somewhat rare in So. Cal. but we do see them once or twice a year. At first glance they look a little like a cross between Orcas and Pilot whales but different from each. The white patches are irregular in shape and vary from dolphin to dolphin. We saw them off Channel Islands harbor about a month ago. It is always a thrill to see them.
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Maybe a Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens)?

I'd agree with FW.

They are not that common in Southern Ca. but are around occasionally.

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They are Risso's Dolphin. They are larger that the Bottle Nose dolphin and a lot larger that the Pacific Common Dolphin. They are not as boisterous and the Bottle nose. They are somewhat rare in So. Cal. but we do see them once or twice a year. At first glance they look a little like a cross between Orcas and Pilot whales but different from each. The white patches are irregular in shape and vary from dolphin to dolphin. We saw them off Channel Islands harbor about a month ago. It is always a thrill to see them.
That looks about right. Cool!
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They are Risso's Dolphin. They are larger that the Bottle Nose dolphin and a lot larger that the Pacific Common Dolphin. They are not as boisterous and the Bottle nose. They are somewhat rare in So. Cal. but we do see them once or twice a year. At first glance they look a little like a cross between Orcas and Pilot whales but different from each. The white patches are irregular in shape and vary from dolphin to dolphin. We saw them off Channel Islands harbor about a month ago. It is always a thrill to see them.
Excellent! Learn something new every day.. The size/scale looks better than the orca, and in the video we never saw more than their rather dark backs..

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