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It is very seldom that we encounter Orcas in False Bay (Cape Town, South Africa) & in the 11 years that I have been operating an ECO boat charter company in the bay, have only had a brief sighting of 2 animals about 10 years ago. On Sunday 26 April 2009, I had the experience of my life as I spent 2 hours watching a pod of Orcas attacking a large school of Common Dolphins. My real bonus was capturing a photo of an Orca with a Dolphin in its mouth! I've included a few photos (Low resolution) of the event & my report (at the foot of this email) that I gave to the scientists at Marine & Coastal Management. I'd love to receive your comments.

Best regards,
Dave Hurwitz

J14 (Samish) and J45. May 10, 2009 I honestly didn't realize just how much I had missed the Southern Residents until their dorsal fins and exhalations came into view just south of Lummi Rocks. My entire being was trembling as we slowly approached seeing the tall dorsal with the unmistakable wavy trailing edge belonging to none other than Ruffles! Quickly I began searching out Granny and it was no surprise that Ruffles was being a "good son" on this beautiful Mother's Day staying very close to J2. Then a flash of the most beautiful orange caught my eye- it was little J45 surfacing by Samish and surrounded by the rest of their family! I can't describe just how amazed I was to see the growth the youngster have gone through in the past few months. 11 year old Doublestuff (J34) is really coming into his own as well as Riptide (J30). Not to mention seeing Echo (J42) in contrast to the newest members of J Pod, to think she was that small only 2 years ago! I was able to identify a handful of K Pod whales that were amongst J Pod (Spock K20, Comet K38, and Scoter K25). There were others, but I was unable to get clear photos for identification. Happy Mother's Day to all it seemed that the Orca mom's were celebrating too!

All the best,
Kate Janes, Naturalist

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