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Old 06-28-2014, 04:46 AM
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In Alaska, orcas actually listen for the drone of a long line winch and move in to pluck halibut off the line. It's like a conveyor belt of food for them. To a former commercial guy like me this is infuriating. All you can do is drop the gear back down and get it later.

But nothing was as awe inspiring as seeing a pod of orcas attack and drown a whale calf. After they battered the thing for a while they formed a line on each side and took turns jumping on it so it couldn't get air. By this point the mother had just about given up and there were hundreds of seagulls circling around. There was so much blood in the water that the spray from their exhales had a pinkish tint. The worst part was hearing the crunching noises while we trolled past.
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