June 24th - T124A's making a kill near Wallace Island
Before the rain yesterday, the waters were churning with excitement down in Trincomali Channel. Our zodiac Cascadia encountered whales just south of Wallace Island and watched them travel northwest through beautiful islets and channels.
After some time the whales split into two groups, one hugged the rocky shoreline and the other offshore. It became obvious that these whales were mid hunt! We saw some tail slaps and lots and lots of circling and splashing. Pretty soon gulls flocked down to confirm a kill. One of our surest ways to know if the whales have started eating is if we see the seagulls dive down to snatch remains.
Yesterday we also had another scavenger on scene - a bald eagle! This massive bird of prey swooped in to pick up some food and then carried it off just as quickly.
Bald eagles can see 4-7 times farther than humans and can grip things 10x more tightly. We see them scanning our waters for fish hanging near the surface and scanning over meadows and beaches for small terrestrial prey. Their 6 foot wing span always takes guests breaths away!
We also got to see a large group of cormorants resting on a buoy. These seabirds dive to depths of up to 100m to search for fish! They can push the air out of their plumage, making themselves less buoyant and able to swim deeper with less resistance. That's why we sometimes see them with their wings spread out resting. They need to dry out their soaked plumage after a deep dive!