And suddenly they were here.......
by firmm Team
On our boat trip two days ago we had the delight to see the Orcas - for the first time this year! Just 4 km away from the Spanish coast we saw approx. 17 Orcas in two groups moving towards the Atlantic Ocean. Already in the last few days we had realized that most of the other animals had disappeared from the area and could not be found anymore. Therefore we had suspected that the arrival of the Orcas in the Strait of Gibraltar was the cause for the disconcertment among the animals - but up to now nobody had seen them.
Each year the Orcas come back into the Strait of Gibraltar to steal the tunas from the fishing lines of the local fishermen - for the whale watcher's delight but the fishermen's discontent… The season is short and after 6 - 8 weeks they will disappear again to come back the following year - on time for the tuna-fishing.
After the great experience of observing them unexpectedly on the 17th July, our first planned trip to the Orcas took place on the 18th July. Like in the previous years, the people's interest in seeing Orcas was huge. Besides the whale watching boats there was also a film team in the area to take pictures of this unique spectacle.
Picture above: Moroccan fishermen who are after the tunas. To pull up a tuna of a weight of ca. 200 - 300 kg from a depth of 150 - 200 meters with the own bare hands is hard work.
Somewhat less hard it is for the Spanish fishermen (picture below) with their motor-driven winches, which do most of the work. Nevertheless, the frustration among the fishermen after an Orca has eaten the catch is the same… (Picture: KH)
Picture above: The orcas are not only of interest for the local people. Also a German film team producing a documentary does not miss this chance. (Picture: KH)
Picture above: In the group we also find old acquaintances like this older female (on the right) next to the young male, which could be observed here in the last few years (Picture: KH)