Observation date: 8 May 2014
When I arrived at the south parking lot around 8:30 AM, people were running, some walking to the breakwater to get a look at the drama unfolding just off shore.
A pod of orcas were trying to separate a young gray whale calf from its mother. I set up one of my three spotting scopes on the orcas, the other two on the falcons.From my vantage point, I could see the male orcas trying to climb on the whale’s back. The tall dorsal fin of the male and white eye patch were very visible.
The SubSeas Tours whale watching boat, “Dos Osos,” the Harbor Patrol boat and two smaller craft were very near. The show went on for a total of seven hours.
The seven or eight active orcas managed to drown the calf and they with the rest of the pod consumed most of the soft tissue, lips, eyes, tongue, but nothing from the back of the head to the tail.
Three days later, it washed up on Morro Strand about a half mile north of Morro Rock. The following day, they buried it at water’s edge with a backhoe.
It made the news, many photos are showing up around town. Here are, but a few and their contributors.
Happy trails, Bob