Davis was on his way into the Waianae Boat Harbor last Friday when he spotted a pod of three killer whales less than two miles offshore of Makaha. The encounter took place at about 1 p.m. and lasted 10 minutes. Davis shot video of the whales and news of the face-to-face quickly spread on social media after he posted on Facebook.
“I've seen humpback whales, pilot whales, but never ever killer whales,” he said. “That was crazy! Everybody’s been tripping out.”Although killer whales, or orcas, have been seen in Hawaiian waters before, there are no resident populations that researchers know of. Marine Mammal Health and Response Program Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, David Schofield, said Davis’ encounter is pure magic.