Tuesday, April 11, 2006
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Fortune Channel between Meares Island and Vancouver Island. These are "transient" Orcas as opposed to "residential" Orcas. Transients travel from South America to the Arctic and will feed on mammals such as porpoises and sea lions. "Residential" Orcas do not travel as wide a range and do not feed on mammals.
Good or bad, about 30 minutes before this photo was taken we had the opportunity to witness these two whales hunt down and eat a porpoise. In spite of the brutality, the whales rammed and tossed the porpoise around before finally dragging it underwater and eating it, it was amazing to witness the whole process.
It was the first time the boat operator had witnessed Orca's hunting and killing.