|Oh those killer whales.|
Posted by Merry on December 14, 2011 at 10:53:28:|
Killer whales off Palos Verdes on Saturday might explain the frantic, swim-step-hopping sea lion we encountered less than 3 days before in that area. Dumb luck is the only reason we got to see these members of the dolphin family, and we were doubly lucky that whale expert, Alisa Schulman-Janiger, was already there.
This group had already made a sea lion kill and here’s proof.
Two juveniles and two calves were present; one calf is less than a year old. You can hear a what sounds like a youngster vocalize once in Phil’s video. It sounds like flatulence. Seriously!
Alisa has previously identified all 12 individuals. Each orca has a distinctive eye patch and uniquely shaped saddle behind their dorsal fin, which also varies slightly in shape and may have a nick or two. Here are 3 different individuals.
The matriarch has been seen locally several times since first seen in Monterey in 2001. She has 4 kids and 2 grandkids. According to Alisa, this killer whale is SUPER boat-friendly. The rest of the pod certainly wasn’t shy either. Countless times, we watched massive bodies swimming toward and under our boat; one turned on its side as if to look at us, and one male ran its dorsal fin along our freeboard.
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