ORCA PACKS DECIMATING GRAY WHALE CALVES

Orca packs devouring gray whale calves in Monterey Bay

The famous bay is where the hungry orcas wait, forcing the gray whales and their calves to run the gauntlet after leaving Baja, Mexico on their way to their feeding grounds in Alaska.   As many as 35 whales a day are swimming through the area right now, according to researchers, who say the gray whales put up a terrific fight as the orcas attempt to separate the mothers from their calves.

The problem for the gray whales is they have to cross a 6,000-foot-deep depression, called the Monterey Submarine Canyon, at Point Pinos, allowing the highly intelligent killer whales to attack them in groups from below


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