Local surf photographer Robbie Irlam saw an unusual sight this week, when a massive fin popped out of the ocean, just behind the breakers at the world famous Supertubes surf break.
“There was only a small swell running and there were no surfers out in the water when I saw a massive fin break the surface,” said Irlam.
Fortunately he had his trusty camera with him and Robbie managed to take a few pictures of the unusual visitor to JBay’s shores.
“It turned out to be an Orca (Killer Whale) and was about 10 meters in length. It was a massive fish and if anybody had been surfing, they would have got a huge fright,” added Irlam.
Orcas have been known to occasionally visit JBay and local paddler Daryl Staples encountered one in the early 2000’s.
He was paddling at Phantom Reef when a huge fin popped up next to him. He realised it was an Orca and quickly paddled for shore.
Troy Wells filmed an Orca near the paddle in gulley at Supertubes when producing the surf movie Blood, Sweat and Beers about 15 years ago.
Orcas are more common in False Bay and Algoa Bay, so they do move along the South African coastline.
Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.
These whales are the top predators in the marine ecosystem. Their diet consists of almost everything in the sea as well as some animals out of it.
Some eat mostly dolphins or seals or large whales, others eat only bony fish or sharks and rays, while others still eat a combination of two or more of these prey items.