Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Orcas 2, Dolphins 0

Nature put on a show yesterday at Departure Bay in Nanaimo, a spot where we have kayaked before. A school of about 100 Pacific white-sided dolphins swam through the bay, putting on a show for those on shore and on a BC Ferry. The encore was the pod of orcas that were chasing them.
The orcas were transients which feed on other mammals rather than the local residents which eat salmon. Most of the dolphins got away, but at least two didn't and became a snack for the orcas. Neither dolphins or orcas generally swim this close to shore in Departure Bay so this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Needless to say, a lot of cameras recorded the events, as evidenced by the embedded videos below:

And finally, here's a report by CTV News, and another from Global TV.

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