An unique Bigg’s (Transient) encounter today. At least 20 whales, including some exotic T’s and fan favourties T65A’s and T137’s. PLUS!!! The T124A’s, T86A1, and T100B.
Their behaviour was very cool and perplexing. Social milling is the only way I could describe it.
They barely moved a quarter mile the entire time we were with them, they were basically all in one clump, but not necessarily touching each other like you might expect from social Killer Whales. Very little surface activity like spyhops or tail slaps. They were just spinning around each other in a big clump. Maybe somewhat of a cautious greeting/inspection toward the T125s?
Lots of playful speculation that the ladies were drawn in from far and wide to meet these handsome strangers from Alaska to help maintain a strong gene pool down here if you know what i’m saying.
This is something I have noticed the last three “Transient superpod” encounters we have had. The oldest females will group of and swim abreast like this: