May 1st - Just Wow. T123s and T36As Hunting Near UBC
May 1st was truly a wildlife ADVENTURE! After spending the afternoon in search of whales, two pods of orca were finally found near UBC off the shores of wreck beach. And off we went!
Our afternoon of searching paid off, Big(gs) time! We were lucky enough to witness the T36As and T123s hunting the largest species of sea lion in the world, a Steller sea lion.
Orca hunting skills are passed along the the maternal family from mothers to offspring, and adults will often disable their prey before allowing their calves a try at it. As a result, orca hunts can go on for such a long time! This pursuit went on for over an hour as the whales slammed the sea lion and tossed it through the air.
Steller sea lions are exceptional swimmers, and can sometimes escape an entire family of hungry orcas. This steller put up a good fight, but was not so lucky in the end.
On the whole though, Steller sea lions in our region are doing well! While Steller populations in Alaska are declining, BC populations are continuing to grow, which is perhaps one of the reasons the Bigg's orca population is also growing! An abundant sea lion supply means healthy Bigg's whales!
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