ORCA vs PILOT WHALES!

This morning we were greeted by over 200 pilot whales moving through the water in pulses toward the boat, surrounding us at every angle! As we thought they were gone there was always another group not far behind that cruised toward the bow. It took over 10 minutes for the mega pod to move through the area, keeping our customers highly entertained! With the first good south westerly swell for the season it was comforting to know that the orca still aggregate here despite the weather! It almost looked as though they were here because of the weather! The orca rode the swell lines with ease as they picked up considerable pace, gliding toward the vessel! We were so excited to see so many unrecognisable fins amongst the orca today, confirming that we had at least TWO new pods joining the Bremer Canyon clan! Only a few of our regulars were there, which included Razor and Nibbles and Kai! To only have two recognisable orca amidst almost three pods was an INCREDIBLE sight! Just knowing that this area is thriving and the food sources are plentiful eases the mind and suggests the orca population will only grow and flourish, hopefully even beyond this canyon! With the remnants of an oil slick on our arrival it suggested that the pods had just made a kill. In the case of multiple pods hunting together the bulls will tear apart the meat and take chunks back to their own pod, sharing the whole kill! This level of co-operating and sharing equates to their success making them the APEX PREDATORS of all oceans in the world. Our last encounter for the day consisted of HUNDREDS of angry sausages porpoising though the swell as high speed toward the vessel, with much more aggression behind their tails than this morning’s encounter (yes I’m talking about the long-finned pilot whales)! The orca dispersed from the area quickly as the pilot whales encroached closer and closer! We speculate that this may have something to do with the sheer amount of noise that is emitted from a pod of over 200 screeching little sausages!!! The pod was also in a much tighter formation that this morning, likely due to the fact orca were in the area and the group were trying to protect their tiny grey calves! Another great day in Bremer Bay!

 

 

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