Killer Whale Watching

Killer Whale Watching unfolded today in the Bremer Canyon as the oceans apex predator successfully hunted a Beaked Whale. Our morning began with scraps of squid left on the surface with hungry Shearwaters picking up the leftovers, the Orca had very recently hunted in this area. Searching for a little while it wasn’t long before a large cloud of birds began moving on the horizon above and as we approached the Orca surfaced. Charging over excitedly to say hello, an oil slick on the surface and food being carried in their mouths indicated another successful hunt.

Journeying with B-Slice and his pod back towards the Patch we watched as the energy suddenly changed. Fluke slapping was sighted amongst the pod members who began to congregate together quickly as they worked together as a team and we could soon see why. A Gray’s Beaked Whale had surfaced in the area and the Orca took full advantage of this opportunity as the entire family pod surrounded the Beaked Whale. The mood amongst the pod was calm and controlled as even the calves joined the hunt. It did not take long before the  Orca had successfully drowned the Beaked Whale by preventing him to resurface after his last dive.

This would be one of the most effective and quickest ways to end the hunt which in many ways is much kinder to the Beaked Whale than a prolonged hunt. The Orca then spent the next 90 minutes sharing their meal amongst the family as B-Slice carefully carried a large section of skin that he would sometimes release to the surface. A day in the Bremer Canyon very few on this planet have witnessed, a successful Killer Whale watching hunt that unfolded only meters from our bow.

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6 thoughts on “Killer Whale Watching”

  1. Fantastic film,you have to feel for the small whale,but that is the world of the wild!Hope we get a great view when we come in 2weeks time,so looking foreword to the experience!Marge and Art.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Marge
      We do feel for all of our cetaceans, however as you correctly stated, this is nature.
      We look forward to having you onboard.
      Kind regards
      Whale Watch WA

  2. I was on this tour and my husband and I feel so lucky and blessed to have watched this in person for ourselves. Unfortunately the whale was lunch for the Orca. Fortunately we were able to view and photograph this for ourselves. This was a memory of a lifetime, one I’ll never forget. Thank you Whale Watch Western Australia. The day was made all that better by your professional and friendly staff.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Thank you Karen, we are so pleased you had a wonderful time and created memories to last a lifetime♥️

  3. Fabulous day and privileged to experience life with the orcas for a day.
    Thank you very much to the whole team at Whale Watch WA!

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