Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Orca Whale, (Killer Whales)

After lunch we headed towards Targus Cove, at the north-west coast of Isabela - first part of the excursion was a panga ride along the shore.
Suddenly we saw a small group of  Killer Whales and the panga's did try to follow the whales.
Whales are commonn in the  Bolivar Channel between Isabela and Espinoza. 
Video from the Orca Whale Watching

The killer whale (Orcinus orca), or the orca whale, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses, and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture.