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Move Over Shamu, San Diego's Got Whales

Posted: Jun. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

SeaWorld San Diego is in for a bit of competition now that nature has decided to put on an orca showing of its own. Hailing from parts unknown and causing quite a media stir, an orca has been repeatedly spotted in the waters just outside of San Diego's coast, adding a spark of excitement to the local whale watching scene.

New crystal-clear images show a killer whale swimming near Mission Bay. At one point, the orca swims up to a group of people on-board the Pirateer, a whale watching boat with San Diego Whale Watch.

It's the second killer whale sighting in San Diego waters in just 3 days. On Thursday, whale watchers snapped photos of an orca off the northern coast of Coronado Island. Marine experts believe the two sightings are of the same whale that also visited the area last summer.

"Certain markings, it's like a fingerprint identification, and it is without a doubt the same whale," said marine biologist Melissa Galieti.

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