Orcas Feeding on Continental Shelf

Orcas Feeding on the Continental Shelf was spectacular today as we observed breaching, fluke slapping and tail lobbing all around us. Our morning firstly began with Blackberry and his family pod, he has grown extraordinarily over the last two years and now has one of the tallest dorsal fins in the population. Three families were travelling together as Blackberry, Noosa and Queen along with their pod members travelled in an enormous pod of 25+ individuals throughout the morning. It was very special to watch so many Orca surface together at the same time as they continued their consistent foraging while the young calves came over to interact with us with much curiosity. Blackberry and his family began to surge and we watched on as the surface activity began quickly, breaching and tail slapping erupted all round us as Alki and her family joined in on the hunt as they continued to push up to the very top of the continental shelf.

The last few days we have witnessed increased pod interaction as they begin to prepare for a change in season and start to coordinate multiple pods working together in search of larger prey items including baleen whales. Today it appeared from what evidence was observed that the Orca had successfully targeted Australian Salmon on the continental shelf. The birds were diving on silvery, fish flesh scraps on the surface and perhaps the intense amount of fluke slapping we were watching around us was being used to stun the salmon. We will continue to watch the change in hunting tactics as the change of season brings new information to light of the food preferences of the Orca as we move further into Autumn. A truely spectacular day with even a Hammerhead Shark enjoying the food scraps left behind by the Orca as the incredible surface activity continued.

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4 thoughts on “Orcas Feeding on Continental Shelf”

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    Fantastic day out. Orcas with us for the entire time we were out over the shelf/ canyon. Crew knowledgeable and passionate about the Orcas and everything natural. They were all completely respectful of the Orca and cannot fault them in any way. Great hospitality. Cannot recommend highly enough

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      Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Keith
      Thankyou for the lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed your experience.
      It was a pleasure having you onboard and we look forward to having you back soon.
      Kind Regards
      Whale Watch Western Australia

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    This was a fantastic and very memorable day. The crew extremely knowledgeable and the boat perfect, lots of space to move around and fully appreciate the interaction. We were extremely lucky, both in the weather and the sightings of the Orcas. That said the crew were extremely respectful of the Orcas, and gave them distance. However many times the Orcas approached the boat and/or gave us a spectacular show. I would fully recommended booking with these guys as, having undertaken similar trips in the past, they are the best. Thank you for such an amazing day.
    Martyn

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      Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Martyn,
      Thankyou for such a humbling review, we appreciate it very much.
      We are delighted you enjoyed your day and you recognise the respect all cetaceans deserve.
      It was a pleasure to have you onboard and we look forward to having you back very soon.
      Kind Regards
      Whale Watch WA

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