Wow. We’re used to this sight at Sea World in Orlando, but not at Pass-A-Grille. Check out this image that’s making the rounds on social media tonight. There have been tweets all weekend about an orca being spotted near the popular beach, but this is the first photo I’ve seen. A handful of people on Facebook and Twitter have claimed to have seen the orca. The photo is said to be have been taken near Pass-A-Grille Friday. It appears to be a killer whale.
ORCA off Pass-a-Grille Friday! According to marine biologist Mithriel MacKay, in all likelihood, this is a killer whale. It's rare. How rare? They didn't have ANY images taken from west coast of Florida. This is first she knows of. Others were taken offshore.📷 Debbie Maiorano pic.twitter.com/vmN8mNrrl9— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) May 24, 2021
Looks like the photo was taken with an iPhone because Paul just shared this video, that shows a second before and after the still image.
Marine biologist I chatted with tonight said that as far as she knows, no one has ever photographed a killer whale from our west coast. Debbie Maiorano captured this #Orca close to Pass-a-Grille Beach on Friday. It’s a first! #Florida pic.twitter.com/oYF2gFRSX9— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) May 24, 2021
What do you think? One person who saw the photo below said he thinks the white on the whale is a light reflection. Tweet your thoughts @GenoRadio and I’ll include them below.