Wild World! Yes, that’s intestine draped off the dorsal fin of an Orca – most likely that of a Pacific Harbour Seal. Photos from today when aboard as biologist for Stubbs Island Whale Watching Vancouver Island.
We chanced upon female T046C with two of her calves after they had made a kill. Photos included here show mother T046C with a chunk of prey in her mouth (hey, the mammal-eating ecotype of Orca need to feed their babies too!) and 2014 calf (T046C) taking a couple of swipes at a Common Murre with his/her tail. The bird got away!
The T046C matriline has a family member that received quite a bit of attention. T046C’s 2009 calf is “Sam” who was rescued by researchers in 2013 when he ended up isolated in a shallow bay. See here http://killerwhale.vanaqua.org/document.doc?id=139. Sam was not with his mother and siblings today but Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) researcher Jared Towers informed us that he was sighted with them a few days ago but joined with another group of mammal-eating Orca that were in the area that day as well.