Killer Whales, Dolphins, Sardines and Algoa Bay – The video

This magnificent picture of a family of Orcas graced the front page of my morning newspaper today, Orcas (Killer Whales) spotted in Algoa Bay this past weekend, a rare occurrence indeed. Well that’s what I thought, they apparently arrive here every year at about this time for a month or so, we’ve always considered it a rare occurrence because they haven’t been pictured more than a couple of times previously but with more and more people enjoying the bay and camera technology improving I have a feeling that we’ll be having more and more sightings along with the proof.

Scanned from my newspaper hence the poor quality

Every year at about this time we have a sardine run, massive shoals of sardines move up our east coast towards Mozambique and bring with them their predators, the big game fish, dolphins and occasionally Orcas!

A team from Pro-Dive were in the bay this weekend and filmed not only the feeding frenzy that accompanies the sardine run but an Orca actually attacking (and I presume killing) a dolphin, here’s the video…

These are the same guys who filmed a shark with a hook and line embedded in its mouth and removed it with a pair of pliers, I published this video a while ago, here it is again for those of you who might have missed it 1st time round.

8 thoughts on “Killer Whales, Dolphins, Sardines and Algoa Bay – The video”

  1. Soutie.

    I loved my time spent in SA. It was all and more than I thought it would be. We arrived three days before the rest of the tour arrived. We were lulled into a sense of false security as the weather was fantastic and all the Cape Town sites were set in stark contrast to a blue, cloudless sky. All that changed the day the tour kicked off. We had opted for the Cape Peninsular Tour. Roughly half of the tour opted for visits to Robin Island, diving with sharks and a trip up Table Mountain. All of those trips were cancelled because of the foul weather. Our trip lived up to its name, The Cape of Storms! Anyway, one stop was here looking down on Muizenberg Bay.

    This pic was taken standing by the shark lookout post where they watch for Great Whites. There is a small island at the top right-hand edge of the pic, it is populated by seals a main food source for the GW. I would love to see the sardine run and much more.

    In the bottom righthand corner, you can just see the red roof of the cottage where Cecil Rhodes died. Was he the last great African adventure?

  2. Toc

    Ja well, I lived in Cape Town for 20 months, couldn’t wait to get out (moved to Jhb), mostly the weather but the traffic (even then, 1981) drove me nuts!

    Seal island, in the middle of False Bay keeps all the Great Whites down there, we never see them here, perhaps our waters are to warm, good.

    Rhodes wasn’t an adventurer in the spirit of a David Livingstone (did you know that Livingstone landed right here on the shores of Algoa Bay way back in 1841?) Rhodes was a businessman / politician, hoovered up whatever lands he could in the name of the ‘Empire’ and profited immensely.

  3. Fabulous film! What I wouldn’t give to be on that boat!! (well both boats, actually as the 2nd film is incredible too) The action is *so* close. I’ve heard of these feeding frenzies. A couple who rowed across the Atlantic told me they’d seen several – unbelieveable sights.

    That poor damaged shark. Heartening to know some people care.

  4. Soutie,

    This was taken at Duiker Island out in Hout’s Bay Harbour. As you can see, the weather was at its best. Lora, lora seals and seal poop. 🙂

  5. Hee hee 🙂 great pic Toc, captures my memories of the CT weather perfectly!

  6. Not sure if any followed the link to the sardine run, wiki tells us…

    (The shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 meters deep and are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface.)

    Now that’s a heck of a lot of sardines!

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