Orca sightings in False Bay are exceptionally rare. Occasional reports come in from fishermen and other mariners, but most people are unaware of the existence of orcas in these waters. In nearly 40 years of navigating the bay, I’ve only seen them a handful of times.
The orca’s distribution is worldwide, extending to the high latitudes of both hemispheres. It lives and hunts in a pod, which may be resident or transient. Furthermore, they are specialised feeders, concentrating on prey specific to their area. This includes marine mammals, fish, birds, turtles and they’ve even been known to attack and kill great white sharks, earning them the title for themselves of the oceans apex predator.