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A Curious Killer Whale

A curious Killer Whale approached us today with her family and this cutie is a very special Orca as she is not yet catalogued which adds another new Orca to the population currently identified. A hushed start to the morning as a thick fog settled over the town of Bremer Bay and the misty conditions enveloped the Steep Point as our lovely vessel made her way towards the jetty to greet Pod Members soon to arrive. A morning breeze helped to clear the mist and shortly after arriving in The Patch the call went out, Orca were straight ahead! The family pod surfaced and we were excited to observe individuals we haven’t had the opportunity to interact with frequently this season. Approaching curiously, they seemed pleased to see us as they greeted us before regrouping back together again. A second pod moved past as Stevie and her family moved out to the heart of The Patch and the first family we met with continued to relax very close to us, this lovely pod was sleeping. Grouped tightly together and moving no more than a few meters each re-surfacing, the family was completely relaxed and recognising some of the females we could confirm that they had been observed during the Blue Whale Hunt back on Tuesday. Such a significant hunt will result in very content Orca who will still continue to forage but the food requirements is now slightly lessoned for a few days and smaller meals will do just fine.

It didn’t stop the family from foraging though and after their morning sleep it was time to look for brunch as they continued on their way. During the afternoon they were successful as a small oil slick formed on the surface after a foraging dive, a smallish squid appeared to have been the target. During this time a curious Killer Whale began to approach us over and over again as her flash of black and white shone through the blue ocean below. Completely fascinated, she would roll to her side and all the way over as she was completely belly up in her efforts to get a better view of everyone. It was wonderful fun as she would sneak from one side of our vessel to the other, keeping us on our toes as she would be looking back up and waiting for everyone to follow her around. Orca are incredibly intelligent and as she got to know us better her confidence grew and she continued to approach a bit closer each and every time. It was exciting to confirm that this special young Orca is not yet in the catalogue but now will be a new addition, a very important day in identification research today. The sun was well and truely shining now as we made our way back towards the Bremer Bay Boat Harbour with sunshine and champagne on a beautiful afternoon.

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6 thoughts on “A Curious Killer Whale”

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia
      Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Karen
      Hoping wicked is good 😉
      A pleasure to have you Join the Pod
      Kind Regards
      Whale Watch WA

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    We both had a fabulous day with this beautiful family and crew on board the Whale Watch WA. Oh and not forgetting the sea dog , Albie.
    We were made to feel so welcome on arrival. The commentary was very informative and interesting throughout the day.
    Food and drinks available all day. Not forgetting the glass of champagne on the way back in.
    To actually see these beautiful Orca up so close was amazing.
    A trip well worth doing. Thank you so much.
    Regards Clare & Al, Rockingham WA

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia
      Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Clare, Our pleasure to have you onboard and we look forward to having you back very soon. Thankyou for the lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your time. Kind Regards Whale Watch WA

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    Thank you so much for a great tour. After day one seeing the striped dolphins we were able to go out the following day and managed to see the orcas we so wanted to see. Loved the great catamaran we went out on, luxury plus. As much food, tea , coffee, fruit and water . The staff were so caring and friendly, always there to help.
    Normally get seasick on a tug in Fremantle harbour but was fine on quite rough sea after taking Promethazine 25. Took one the night before and one the morning before leaving and felt no nausea at all. Took a while to find my sea legs though.
    Overall, a great experience, regards Cheryl and Laurie.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia
      Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Cheryl
      Thankyou for your kind comments and some very prudent advice for those susceptible to motion sickness, it’s all in the preparation.
      Look forward to having you back onboard very soon.
      Kind Regards
      Whale Watch WA
      *Seek medical advice prior to taking any medications.

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