The ‘holy grail’ of dolphin spotting is to come upon a huge pod being hunted by Orcas.
The large amounts of sardines present within Algoa Bay ensure that many predators such as gannets, penguins, sharks and dolphins call the bay home. In turn the large amounts of dolphins attract Orcas to the bay on the hunt for a tasty dolphin morsel.
Marine tour operators keep their ears firmly to the ground up and down our coast waiting for their informants to tell them of pods of Orcas moving towards Algoa Bay.
For the last four days one such operator monitored sightings of a pod heading for Algoa Bay and today was deemed the day that the Orca hunting pack would be hunting dolphin here.
Dive Expert tours and Sardine Run expert, Rainer Schimpf, seeing the easterly front moving in, launched from the Algoa Bay Yacht Club early this morning and travelled far offshore before finding huge shoals of fish at 200 metres depth.
Feeding on the fish was a huge pods of Commons Dolphins who suddenly accelerated and started flying through the air in panic and Schimpf knew; “Killer whales had started hunting down the commons dolphin pod.”
On board with Schimpf were a number of professional photographers who travel all over the world photographing marine life but never before have they witnessed something so special and amazing right here at the edge of Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
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