Recently, there have been sightings of the shark killing orcas, and one such report comes from Mossel Bay. On March 14th, a lady named Nanette Smith captured a picture of an orca named Starboard. Starboard is one of two orcas, the other named Port, that have gained media attention for their shark-killing techniques.
There were no confirmed shark killings during this visit by Port and Starboard, however since the reported orca sighting, there have been no Great White Shark sightings to date as of 18th March 2023. Observing the complex and dynamic behaviours of these two oceanic giants is fascinating, but it's important to remember that these animals are wild and each play a crucial role in the ecosystem. The loss of so many of South Africas sharks but more specifically Great White Sharks is concerning.
The sighting of the orca Starboard in Mossel Bay on March 14th highlights the new frequented hunting ground of the transient orcas. While we haven’t confirmed they killed any sharks during this visit, the orcas Port and Starboard have certainly caused chaos along the South African coastline. It is crucial that the impacts on the eco system these two orcas are having is studied so we can have a better idea on how to conserve the Great White Shark and other species that are effected.
The last confirmed sightings of Great White Sharks from the White Shark Africa cage diving boat in Mossel Bay was the 9th and 10th of March 2023.