“The entire ship was buzzing and the dining room was loud with stories being shared. Getting to experience an entire family pod of Type B Orca hunting for their next meal was once in a lifetime. For over 30 minutes we watched as the large males ‘spy-hopped’ for their next meal on the ice floes and brash-ice in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula. 🇦🇶 .
Spy-hopping is a hunting technique done by many whale species but in this case the adult males bob to the surface aligned vertically on their tail using their tail to propel them up and out of the water and their pectoral flippers to stabilize as they eye up their next meal. Weddell Seals are Orcas primary choice for food supply so luckily these Crabeater seals survived the day.
Nearby to the action were this years calves along with the females ready to feast if the hunt was successful." Update & photos via @jimmy_pawistik, Expedition and Kayak guide on board the Ocean Endeavour.
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