Now THIS is a killer whale show! A mother killer whale and calf were caught on camera chasing a sea lion off the San Juan Islands, in Washington State. Traci Walter operates whale-watching tours in the region – and her tour group was treated to an amazing spectacle as the mother orca taught her calf to hunt.
According to Traci Walter, this specific group of killer whales are known as the T123s. The family includes a 32 year old mother called T123 "Sidney", her 17 tear old son T123A "Stanley", and her five year old daughter T123C "Lucky". -
Transient killer whale travel around silently in small groups. This perhaps enables them to listen intently, lessen their presence in the water, and sneak up on their prey. The prey Transients are after have well developed skills of their own and are difficult and unwilling victims. -
In this video, the orcas were hunting the world's largest sea lion - a Steller sea lion. These sea lions can weigh a staggering 2,600 pounds and reach up to 9 feet in length. "They did not kill and consume the sea lion but perhaps used it as a teaching opportunity for the younger calf who was right in the action for a good part of it," Walter said. The giant sea lions are found off northern Pacific coasts and hunt fish, squid, octopus and occasionally even smaller seals.
Video: Traci Walter with Western Prince Whale Watching