Killer feed creates Orca ‘Spaghetti”
Amazing photos and spectacular footage is capturing the 2019 orca season, which is off to a killer start.
Sightings of the ocean giants have been captured on board Naturaliste Charters Bremer Canyon Killer Whale and Pelagic Expeditions, who shared spectacular footage of “orca spaghetti”.
Marine biologist Brodee Elsdon described the Canyon as a washing machine yesterday.
“The past week our orca have been on a feeding frenzy, but what shocked us straight off the bat wasn’t the orca, it was a pod of Beaked whales within metres of the boat,” she said.
“Oil slicks surrounded the area and we were nervous for what may unfold right in front of our eyes but the slick was from the beaked whales feeding on a number of red arrow squid.”
She said the remainder of the squid and tentacles were being ripped apart and rummaged on by a large swirl of birds, with pieces floating past the boat.
“As we approached the hotspot we soon spotted our favourite pod…large pools of blood made the surface green, the pod had successfully taken down a mammal, suggesting a beaked whale bites the dust,” she said.
“Parts of the mammal were in the mouths of the surrounding orca as they shared the kill between the group, making sure the calf was well catered for.”
“The pods full bellies were confirmed by tail slaps, spy hops and energetic proposing alongside the vessel.”
Ms Elsdon said the boat was soon surrounded by a pod of orcas.
“Four boastful orca came to show off their kill, eyeballing the gopro with gizzards still trailing from their mouth all the way to their tale,” she said.
“Another epic day in Bremer Bay.”
The season typically runs from January to April each year.
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