ORCA EN­COUNTER

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

I was very in­ter­ested in your ar­ti­cle in AG 144 about at­tacks on hump­back whales by or­cas. I wit­nessed a fright­en­ing at­tack last Oc­to­ber by two or­cas off the coast of Nam­bucca Heads, on the NSW north coast. It was quite a way off­shore and, of course, it was one of the few days I didn’t have my binoc­u­lars with me! There was at least one hump­back and the two or­cas breached in uni­son and crashed down on the larger whale’s back. I could not see if a calf was present but watched the at­tack for at least 10 min­utes and I don’t know how long it had been go­ing on be­fore I saw it. I have never seen or­cas here be­fore and I was pleased to read that it is ac­tu­ally good news be­cause I found it re­ally quite dis­tress­ing to watch! I have been a sub­scriber since AG 4 and have found some­thing of in­ter­est in ev­ery is­sue.

HE­LEN ROB­BINS, NAM­BUCCA HEADS, NSW

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