A "friendly" pod of orcas was spotted around Point Fermin near San Pedro for the first time in years Friday evening.
The CA 51 pod was last seen about two years ago in 2015, said Capt. Dan Salas of Harbor Breeze Cruises. Salas has been with the company for over 18 years.
He says the family of about five orcas has stayed together for many years and is "extremely friendly."
"It's almost like this pod wants to interact with the people on the boat," Salas said, adding they swam on their backs and stuck their heads out of the water on Friday.
Last time the pod was spotted, they stayed in the area for days, Salas said. He hopes his Saturday tour will see the orcas.