Killer whales were spotted at False Bay on Thursday by Simon’s Town Boat Company (STBC). “The Boys” made a pitstop in the bay after “terrorising the shark population from Cape Point all the way up to Algoa Bay for the past month,” STBC said.
Fondly named Port and Starboard by the company, these two are described as a famous (or infamous), formidable pair. They can travel great distances in very short periods of time, for example: Cape Point on the 15 June; De Kelders on 16 June; and Mossel Bay on 20 June.
“This is what makes killer whales such successful predators, they’re so unpredictable that their prey don’t know where or when they’ll next pounce,” STBC added.
Giving the sharks a break, the duo were foraging in a few of their usual spots in False Bay. But, what was different is that instead of following their regular route, they kept doubling back and also moved much further offshore.
“When I left them at around 11am they were heading towards Cape Hangklip on the eastern side of the bay, but barely an hour later were re-sighted inshore again near Millers Point. I suppose, just as they fool their prey, they’re equally adept at fooling scientists & naturalists. The highlight from today’s encounter was managing to record their underwater vocalization with a hydrophone,” says STBC’s Dave Hurwitz.
Picture: Dave Hurwitz / STBC