Your question: Why are orcas coming to South Africa?

What happened to port and starboard orcas?

The duo are identified as having rare and distinct collapsed dorsal fins and they are named for the nautical terms, as Port’s fin collapses left and Starboard’s collapses right.

Port and Starboard (killer whales)

Species Killer whale (Orcinus orca)
Sex Male
Known for preying on great white sharks
Residence coast of South Africa

Do orcas attack humans?

Killer whales (or orcas) are large, powerful apex predators. In the wild, there have been no fatal recorded attacks on humans. In captivity, there have been several non-fatal and fatal attacks on humans since the 1970s.

Are there orcas in Cape Town?

Killer whales are suspected to be behind the disappearance of white sharks off Cape Town’s coast over the last few years, according to a report published by the government on Tuesday. … The remains of five white sharks killed by Orcas were discovered in the Gansbaai area in 2017.

Who is bigger Great White or killer whale?

Not only are orcas much bigger, they are also smarter. Great whites are now known to be warm blooded but orcas still have much higher metabolic rates because they breathe air.

Head to head: Orca vs Great White Shark.

Orca V Great White Shark
9m LENGTH 6m
5,600kg MAXIMUM MASS 2,200kg
48km/h TOP SPEED 40km/h
48 TEETH 40-56*
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What is the most dangerous shark in South Africa?

Perhaps the most dangerous shark in terms of unpredictability, the tiger shark, which grows up to six metres, lives in tropical waters and is common off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is not as discerning as the great white.

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