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A Rare Spectacle as Orcas are Spotted off Cape Cod

Orcas spotted off cape cod

An unforgettable spectacle were spotted off Cape Cod as orcas, the ocean’s charismatic black and white titans, emerged from the depths, offering a rare and mesmerizing sight for the lucky onlookers.

Orcas spotted off cape cod
Photo: New England Aquarium

The Unforgettable Encounter

Imagine fishing off the tip of Provincetown, Massachusetts, on a Sunday afternoon. The waves are calm, the sun is warm, and a black and white figure suddenly emerges from the depths. You’ve just experienced one of the rarest and most mesmerizing sights – an orca whale in the waters of Cape Cod. This is not a dream but a reality experienced recently by the SimonSez Sportfishing captain and crew. This moment, captured on video, shows the orca, known as “Old Thom,” hanging out with some dolphins, leisurely coming up for air before submerging again.

A Rare Sight Indeed

Orcas spotted off cape cod

Photo: New England Aquarium

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest member of the dolphin family and are recognized as one of the world’s most powerful predators. Yet, the sight of them in the western North Atlantic Ocean is rare, making this spectacle all the more unusual and exciting. The “Old Thom” whale is one of the few orcas regularly seen in these waters.

Orcas – The Majestic Sea Dwellers

YouTube video

Although their nickname may suggest otherwise, orcas are part of the dolphin family. These charismatic creatures have striking black-and-white colouring. They are among the most intelligent marine species known for their strong social bonds. Interestingly, orcas have diverse diets, ranging from fish and seals to other marine mammals, depending on their specific population and location.

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Orcas Making Waves


Orcas have been making headlines recently, not just in the U.S. but across the globe. Reports have come in of orcas attacking boats off the coast of southern Europe. These incidents have puzzled scientists as the behaviour appears coordinated, showing the intelligence and complexity of these marine mammals.

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