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Orca's Hunting Near Prince George
Near Digby Island in Chatham Sound, Travis Twizell and his family from Prince George were able to catch a glimpse of killer whales hunting sea lions in their natural habitat. The family also managed to capture the footage on camera.
The Twizell's counted five whales and four sea lions in total from their boat. The family’s account of the story reveals the unnerving nature of what they witnessed. The sea lions, in a desperate chance for survival, were using the family’s boat for cover to try to evade the predatory killer whales.
“It was a little nerve-wracking. We were not sure if the sea lions were going to jump into the boat, because the killer whales followed them over,” said Twizell.
The clouds rolled in shortly after the Twizell family began recording this rarely seen event and forced them to head back to shore. Toward the end of their trip, the family watched as the two baby whales attack an isolated sea lion.
“You could see the three big whales backed off, and the two small orcas started to hit against it and take it down," said Twizell about the scenario. "You could tell at that point it was a total hunting training exercise for those babies.”
The two young whales were able to injure the sea lion but due to weather, the family was unable to see the rest of what transpired as they left the open waters. The family did report that the other three sea lions made it safely to shore just behind them.