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humpback whales intervene in orca attack on a baleen whale!

April 24, 2015 Written by

Our guests and crew on the Nautilus Explorer were anchored at Roca Partida, Socorro Island, several months ago when they were astonished to see a pod of orcas attack a humpback whale calf right beside the boat. Yes this was mother nature at work and but it was still shocking and disturbing to see a baby ripped from it’s Mum and killed.. Certainly it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and photo opportunity. I wasn’t onboard that trip but am told that everyone was very quiet when it was all over.

Since then I have been researching orca – humpback whale interaction and came across the following fascinating article (see below) that I’d like to share. In short – and not to anthropomorphize these whales – it seems that a group of humpback whales proactively and aggressively picked a fight with a pod of orcas that had just killed a grey whale calf in Monterey Bay. It’s a fascinating read.. Enjoy.

Safe diving

Captain Mike



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