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About This Project

The spring-spawning herrings coming to this area for a few months every winter is the reason that the whales converge here since fish is a good food source.

Pod members take turns diving beneath the school and looping around it—an orca carousel—while blowing bubbles, calling, and flashing their white bellies to frighten the herrings. In response, herrings swim even more tightly together. When a carousel is going full tilt, herrings leap about on top of the water, desperately trying to escape.
Once the pod has the herrings under control, one orca slams the edge of the school with its tail and eats them one by one.