Killer Whale

I wonder what the green taliban will say about this

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Orca whales are awesome…especially when they carve up useless gray whales.

Nature’s truth and tragedy unfolded in a dramatic scene on Monterey Bay last week when a pack of 20 orcas attacked a mother gray whale and its calf.

The fight lasted more than two hours, witnessed and photographed by field scout Bart Selby, and dozens aboard whale watching boats that cruised at top speeds to the periphery of the scene and cut their engines.

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Selby, a kayaker, wildlife expert and photographer, heard about the whales and headed straight to Monterey. In 2011, Selby paddled a kayak solo 25 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey, and two weeks ago, reported sighting a mother gray whale and its calf lounging on the inshore waters at Whaler’s Cove at Pigeon Point near Pescadero.

Selby boarded the Point Sur Clipper with Monterey’s champion whale specialist, Nancy Black, and they quickly found the orcas, more than 20 in all, on the hunt.

Orcas find gray whales

At mid-afternoon, the orcas found a mother gray whale with a calf.

“They came in waves, like attacking swarms of hockey players,” Selby said. “When one group got tired, then the entire line would rotate out and orbit the center ring while a new swarm of orcas pressed the attack.”

Just as a pack of coyotes will try to separate a fawn from its protective mother, the orcas tried to pry the calf away from its mother as well.   Read more »

Obligatory Orca post

The Herald finally reports on something useful

Morgan Tait reports

Aucklander Mike Coughlan was filming a diving trip off Matai Bay on the Karikari Peninsula before Christmas with a friend, and as he resurfaced found himself up close and personal with an 8m orca and her 1.5m calf.

“I was coming back to the boat after diving for crays and was behind the boat when the mother and calf came towards me,” he told the Herald.

The whale dwarfed the 5.6m speedboat he was diving from, he said.

“I think they were curious. I didn’t really have time to be scared or intimidated, they were just suddenly there.”

Mr Coughlan quickly jumped back on to the boat.

“The mother and calf came right up, about half a metre, to the boat …

I had my GoPro [camera] on a stick so I dropped it into the water and filmed them coming over.”

Video, thanks to Mr Coughlan, over the break   Read more »

Having a whale of a time

Kristin Edge at The Norther Advocate reported on orcas, which means an immediate obligatory post for Whaleoil:

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Credit: Ingrid Visser and Monique Visser from Orca Research

It seems locals and tourists aren’t the only ones enjoying Northland’s fabulous coastline at this time of year.

A pod of 23 orcas delighted boaties and devoted researcher Dr Ingrid Visser when they cruised into the waters at the Poor Knight Islands last week.   Read more »

Eating baby seals is only the beginning

Apparently I eat babies…am evil personified…and should be ignored.

But you can’t ignore Killer Whales…you can only seek to understand them.

Fortunately The Atlantic earlier last year compiled a list of 7 reasons why Killer Whales are Evil geniuses.

Over at Wired Science, a photographer caught a stunning sequence of a killer whale in Monterey Bay flipping a dolphin out of the water and then eating it. Apparently, they do this regularly! “I have seen this with several different species of dolphins from various places around the world, so I think that killer whales probably do this regularly but not commonly,” a NOAA ecologist told Nadia Drake. “With slower swimming species, like seals and sea lions, killer whales prefer to use their tails to swat them out of the water.” Just go look at the ridiculous photographs.

Yikes. So that’s reason number one: they kill dolphins, and who doesn’t love dolphins?

Perhaps, though, we should more firmly establish that they are evil.* They kill baby things. So many baby things and in so many innovative ways!Baby sealsBaby sea lions. Even baby sperm whales!   Read more »

Luna, a wild orca boy, tries to communicate with humans by imitating their boat’s motor.

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Whales causing carnage

Orca pod enjoying the sun and audience

Orca pod enjoying the sun and audience

No not me silly, but Orca nonetheless:

A small pod of orcas brought traffic to a halt on State Highway 1 near Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington and even caused several accidents as drivers gawked.  Read more »

Photo of the Day

Well.  What a metaphor.

Image source http://lionheartbucket.deviantart.com/art/Clash-of-titans-147885452

Image source http://lionheartbucket.deviantart.com/art/Clash-of-titans-147885452

Aaron Dyer gets great Orca footage in Whangarei Harbour

Mmmmm Dolphin

Beautiful photos of an Orca chasing, catching and eating a dolphin.

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With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake.

It is a magnificent image. Except the whale’s dive has a purpose – the dolphin quivering 15ft below.  Read more »

Huge pod of Orca in Active Pass, Galiano Island BC, Canada