You know that the weather had got a lot colder when you see killer whales sneering just off the coast - just need an iceberg sighted now!
They might look fun but having the word “killer” in a beastie’s name is a bit of a dampener, let’s admit it.
Anyway, a fisherman just off Calahonda was surprised, to say the least, when he saw two killer whales just of the coastline between Calahonda and Castell de Ferro. This is far from usual but as this present century has gone seriously wonky, should we be surprised?
They are normally spotted in the Bay of Cádiz, closer to the Atlantic with its lower temperatures. In fact, they have been frightening the life out of fishing-boat crews in the North East of Spain (Galicia) because these beasties have been ‘playfully’ bumping them around.
According to the fisherman who saw these two, he said that one was a large orca (the Spanish name) and the other was obviously a young one, probably not very old. He had decided to go out Thursday evening for a night-fishing trip, knowing that the next day was going to be choppy. However, as soon as he saw them he did a watery handbrake turn and headed back to land.
According to the oceanographic association, Aula del Mar, it not rare that you can see them in the Mar de Alborán, but not so close to the coast. They prefer deeper water, but if they are after a shoal of tuna, then they will follow them in.
(News: Calahonda, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)