This video shows a violent altercation between orcas and whales!
Some maritime species are known to hunt prey larger than themselves. The phenomenon, which is quite rare, has just been recorded once again by observers from the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA). Concretely, they spotted a group of orcas having seen and targeted humpback whales. Unfortunately, the outcome of the confrontation could not be ascertained.
Observers were able to identify a small detachment of killer whales that attacked two humpback whales for no apparent reason. Loud fin slaps and screams were heard on the surface. The altercation lasted almost several hours and the whales seem to have held up well against their attackers.
Erin Gless, executive director of PWWA, witnessed the scene. The battle of the two species took place in the channel of Juan de Fuca in the sea of salisha few kilometers west of Victoria.
Particularly aggressive nomadic orcs
The observations made it possible to identify some orcas of the group of attackers. The killer whales actually seem to belong to a league trio of passing killer whales : T109A, T233 and T252, often encountered in the region. They are also known as the Bigg. Unlike resident killer whales which remain in large aggregations tied to a typical region, these nomadic killer whales create small aggressive communities.
Humpback whales, on the other hand, have been identified as: BCX1948 (Reapers), and BCY1000 (Hydra). The first is a young female known to overwinter off Jalisco, Mexico, and the second is an adult female often seen in migrations to Maui, Hawaii.
The confrontation would have been inevitable
Observers have yet to explicitly see killer whales taking down a humpback whale in Salish waters. It should however be emphasized that the encounters between the two cetaceans experienced an increase in the area.
Numerous attacks have also been noted, such as in May 2021 when a group of orcas attacked a mother whale and her child, still in the Salish Sea. Even in February 2021, a young juvenile whale managed to survive an orca attack in Australia. All of these violent encounters have one thing in common: at least one of the humpback whales was a calf or juvenile.
“Despite the size of these large cetaceans, it is not impossible that they are targeted by groups of aggressive killer whales. These attacks are either for food or to defend a territory. »
Erin Gless, Executive Director of PWWA