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12-27-2011 10:06 AM
kwaltersmi
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Originally Posted by KIVALO View Post
Aren't Orca's a member of the Dolphin family? So in effect, yes, you saw some dolphins.
True! They're all part of the "toothed whale" grouping.
12-27-2011 10:01 AM
KIVALO Aren't Orca's a member of the Dolphin family? So in effect, yes, you saw some dolphins.
12-26-2011 07:35 PM
glassdad Around Catalina Island where the water is a clear dark blue, the white patches look like they are glowing turquoise.
12-26-2011 07:30 PM
Faster
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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..

Cool!
12-26-2011 07:20 PM
flyingwelshman
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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!
12-26-2011 07:08 PM
GMFL
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Originally Posted by flyingwelshman View Post
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.
12-26-2011 07:03 PM
glassdad 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.
12-26-2011 04:47 PM
Ninefingers 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
12-26-2011 04:46 PM
Faster
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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.
12-26-2011 04:28 PM
sck5 hard to see in the video but maybe pilot whales?

Pilot whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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