are sometimes called killer whales, but they are really
in the dolphin family.
Did you know that orcas very smart, playful, and
easy to train? That's why they are often stars of theme
parks, such as Sea World! Photo: Mike Hawe
Wednesday, we leave the harbor and head west along the coast
looking for Gray whales. [Captain Mat] lets us all know that
he is seeing splashing a mile away from another whale and will
head in that direction. Anthony turns to Mat to tell him he
sees big dorsal fins. . . .
slowly moves from the boat over to the splashing. Captain Mat
informs the passengers that we do in fact have Orcas [called
killer whales] attacking a Gray whale cow and her calf. . .
lets the passengers know that he wishes he could get involved,
possibly move the boat in a position that might block the killer
whales from continuing their attack. "I absolutely cannot do that," explains Mat. "Number
one, it's against the law for me to get involved. Number two,
it would be like being in the Serengeti [in Africa], watching
lions attacking a zebra and trying to block them with your jeep
— you just don't do it."
was trying with all of her might to protect her baby and baby
was exhausted. . . . The Orcas would swim away and then come
back for the "drowning" over and over again. Baby
was straddled across moms rostrum as she pushed her calf away
from the Killer whales.
then, the Orcas swam to the outside as if to take a break.
took advantage of this and waited for baby to get into position.
Slowly she headed straight for the boat, slowly gaining
I thought she would stop and use us for protection
. . . Instead, she exhaled, sending a spray of water on us
our cameras, and swam underneath the boat. We all ran to the
port side and saw mom give two big pumps of her tail and disappear
into darker water. Shortly after this we saw all four killer
whales following behind. . . .
don't know for sure what happened to this cow and her calf,
maybe they got away, maybe not.
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