Antarctica Adventure - 2002

The sea lions had babies on the beach, all cuddled together in great heaps and masses. Some of the males were seemingly on patrol, perhaps to guard against the orcas coming up on shore and taking a baby or two. Klemens told us that the orcas have proven to be very sneaky hunters. They will work in pairs with one orca going up and down off shore so that its dorsal fin is clearly obvious. The beach critters get lulled into thinking they are safe as long as they can see the upraised fin. Meanwhile, the second whale approaches shore on its side so that the dorsal fin is hidden and then explodes up on the beach to take the unwary prey! Clever anddeadly!


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