Rich German has waited his whole life to get a close look at orcas in the wild. His dream came true last week as a pod of five orcas were spotted off the coast of Laguna Beach, California. German heard they were spotted the day before in Long Beach and were heading south. When he noticed the boats stopped off the shore checking something out in the water, he grabbed his paddle board and made his way out.
He said, “A lot of people have been asking me if I was afraid. The truth is, I was too excited to be scared. At one point you’ll see me drop to my knees — only because I thought that one of the whales was going to knock me off my board.”