Oil Slick – A Sign of Orca Predation

Spy Hopping Killer Whale in an oil slick

Oily Slicks Greet Us in Bremer Canyon

An immense oil slick greeted us at Bremer Canyon as the Alison Maree navigated into the vast ocean area.

Viewing what could only be described as the remnants of an orca predation.

We sailed over the continental shelf and approached the hotspot, this was the awe-inspiring scene unfolding before our eyes.

Black dorsal fins pierced through the slick, revealing the aftermath of nature’s predatory spectacle.

Above, a flurry of activity ensued, with hundreds of birds squabbling for remnants, creating a dynamic display in the sky.

The air was saturated with the distinctive scent of mammal oil, a lingering testament to the recent feast below.

Orca Share Oil Glazed Spoils

Despite narrowly missing the predation itself, the orcas graciously shared their spoils, showcasing the communal nature of these majestic creatures.

Our encounter with Smudge and Mamang, esteemed members of Split Tip’s pod, added a thrilling dimension to our adventure.

Cheers erupted as they surfaced on our port side, creating an unforgettable moment for everyone on board.

Orca Playful Antics in the oil slick

The charismatic Kirra and her joyful calf, Basil, graced us with their presence, showcasing their contentment with full bellies through playful antics.

The vast expanse revealed additional pods in the distance, suggesting multiple successful predations in the hotspot.

We delved into the activities of Alki and Nani’s pod, observing their engaging feeding and social interactions.

A rendezvous with Split Tip’s pod, featuring the queen of the canyon herself, Wonks, and Flapper, provided further insights into the orcas’ dynamic lives.

Orca Calves Display Oily Meal

While the exact prey remains a mystery, glimpses of meat chunks displayed by the young Basil and Mamang offered intriguing clues.

Our afternoon unfolded amidst a captivating zig-zagging exploration over the hotspot, navigating through lingering oil slicks.

The water’s surface came alive with the enchanting dance of white-faced and Wilson’s storm petrels.

Drawn by the scent of oil detectable from an astonishing 25 kilometres away.

Floating in the Oil Slick

Before bidding farewell to the canyon, a peculiar sight awaited us – Noosa, the solitary older female, floating alone in the oil slick.

Unusual behaviour for her, this occurrence will be closely monitored, adding an element of mystery to our encounter.

Our journey home included a delightful stopover at Glasse, where we found the charming little penguins still residing on the island.

An inquisitive female sea lion accompanied us, while a long-nosed fur seal playfully rolled at the water’s surface, concluding our day on a high note.

Magic Oil In Its’ Purest Form

Join us as we unravel the secrets of the ocean, from thrilling orca predations and oil slick coated seas to the diverse marine life that graces the ocean.

Experience the magic of nature in its purest form, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Date: 1.02.2024

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