May 26, 2016
SOUTH PASS, LA. — A group of friends out fishing, just 50 miles South of South Pass, Saturday, saw something extremely rare.
Mark Hawley, Nick Trist, IV, Jared Averill, Matt Teen, Ashley Joplin, and Jessica Piglia were tuna fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, when they caught an unusual sight on camera.
A pod of orcas, better known as killer whales, were swimming not far from their boat.
Orcas live in cold deep waters and rarely come that close to land.
Dr. Moby Solangi at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, says this could be a first warning sign that there is an environmental problem. The scientists at the IMMS got the GPS location from the group and plan to investigate the sighting.