Orcas Seen along Western Coast of Puerto Rico

The article “También las orcas visitan la isla” [Orcas Also Visit the Island] by Gerardo Vázquez Ortiz (El Nuevo Día) made me homesick. He writes about how Puerto Rico’s warm waters not only welcome the humpback whales in mating season, but they also serve as habitat for the giant cetaceans unjustly and erroneously known as “killer whales,” that live in the Caribbean.

What made me really homesick was the image below, taken by a fisherman off the west coast of the island of orcas spotted about 18 miles southeast of (my hometown) Cabo Rojo’s lighthouse (El Faro). The fisherman said that at times he has seen as many as eight at a time.

According to the article, there are no studies of the size of the population of killer whales that live in Caribbean waters, but it is believed to be a considerable amount because of the warm temperatures of the sea. Grisele Rodríguez Ferrer, a biologist at the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) explains that “There is a population that lives in our waters, but it has been little studied and it is not known whether they are residents of Puerto Rico or of the entire Caribbean.” In addition, Rodríguez Ferrer clarified that these animals have been dubbed “killer whales” by the way in which they catch their prey to feed and not because they attack humans. The expert also specified that these huge mammals are not in the whale family but rather the delfinidae (dolphin) family.

For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/tambienlasorcasvisitanlaisla-875790.html

2 thoughts on “Orcas Seen along Western Coast of Puerto Rico

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  2. This may not be the right place, but on 21 Nov 11, 2014, halfway between Montserrat and Nevis, northbound, we had two orcas close to our boat. First time in 10 years
    Pierre,S/Y
    Honiara

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