Orca female and youngster cruising together. Photo: Sack

After more than a month-long absence, at least three pods of Orcas have returned to the Monterey Bay Area. We were with one of the pods of about six just outside the Moss Landing Harbor. We heard reports of other pods out off of Point Pinos.

The pod we were with were in the Moss Landing area all day. I first heard about them from some surfers who reported that they were breaching and splashing about a mile southwest of the Moss Landing Harbor not far from the surf zone. We observed them until just before dark. Hopefully they’ll still be around for tomorow’s (01-18-2012) trip.

Here’s some incredible video footage from a trip in November. It’s one of the best encounters we’ve had.

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