February 27, 2020, The day in Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Watching that had it all….
Double the Ceteacea species, triple the kills, quadruple the orca pods and unlimited smiles today!
Dropping off the shelf as we do every day we noticed white caps on the swell ahead – typical of a ‘windy’ day. But on approach we realised these were no ordinary white caps they were Orca!! Orca surging and moving fast from port to starboard side! Before our passengers had time to get excited a large commotion occurred only a few hundred metres from our bow! A large firework of blood and white wash mixed together with the black silhouettes of the shearwaters and huge orca bull dorsal fins exploded from the waters surface. We had literally driven directly into a kill. As we were pulling up so were other orca who had clearly been called in for back up!
It wasn’t long until Three Stripes was parading around their catch. A Beaked Whale HEAD to be exact!!!!!! We have observed this behaviour before and it was great to confirm exactly what the Orca had eaten!
The rest of the day was magnificent filled with Orca as well as Pilot Whales. The little angry sausages were in multiple pods of twenty or so whales and appeared to be following the apex predators around! Three more large oil slicks bubbled to the surface with no big surge or kill and we were intrigued!
After lunch the wild orca put on a show and we had front row seats to it! Two sub- adults mugged our boat for over an hour while the rest of their pod cruised up ahead. These two cheeky Orca tumbled, spy-hopped, rolie polied ontop of each other and sat metres from the bow with their mouth completely agape showing off their conical shaped teeth. Dundee, our skipper who has been in the canyon every season since the beginning has never seen anything like today where he could see straight down the Killer Whales throat!! Tears of joy were flowing as the excitable crew and passengers soaked up the best part of the day!
Two pods then joined together to have a snooze but little Neo was clearly not sleepy as he darted around the other whales begging for attention! This rounded out the days expedition and as we ventured home we could not wipe the smiles off our faces!!
We can’t wait for our next upcoming tours in for whale watching in Augusta and Albany. Let’s hope our whales will also give us a good show!
Images by our onboard photographers Jodie and Nathan and featured image by our passenger Patrick Leung!