| WhaleNet/MICS Data |
|Feb. 3||9:25||25 47 37||111 06 02||Blue Whale|
|Feb. 4||10:12||25 51 55||111 10 00||Orca Pod|
|Feb. 5||8:52||25 40 50||111 07 15||Blue Whale|
|Feb.9||8: 33||26 18 36||111 17 54||Blue Whale|
|Feb. 9||10:46||26 23 18||111 15 88||2nd Blue Whale|
The Orca pod consisted of 18-20 individuals including 4 males, another male whose dorsal was getting there but not yet the distinctive enormous fin, 2 juveniles, and 11-13 females or immature males, the scene of them killing a Brydes whale in 48 minutes was unforgettable. ... I was lucky to arrive when the whale was still fine, the sea was flat mirror calm the whole day, I stayed with the pod for 6 and a half hours after the kill, they were friendly beyond anything I imagined. I petted one across the head five times and another came to the surface 7 times as a patted the water and opened it's mouth just beneath my hand each of the 7 times, this was videoed by a boat mate. The whale tried to avoid the Orcas using us and bumped the boat once as Orcas erupted from the water all around us. Mike this was a truly exceptional encounter, actually it was just simply amazing.
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