Orcas, Octopus and Urchins, oh my!


Stella Miguel Orca German

On our way to the kelp forest this afternoon, G block marine scientists were distracted by three orcas making their way from the mouth of Pedder Bay towards Victoria. It was a magical experience to follow the whales as they travelled past William Head. There were two males and one female in the group.

We pulled ourselves away from the whales and headed back to Fossil Point where three divers and five snorkelers entered the water to explore the kelp forest. This time, Courtney brought us a giant red sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) and it was Jasper that found the octopus (an already-dissected octopus!).Red urchin

Inside mantle cavity Beakless octopus

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6 Responses to “Orcas, Octopus and Urchins, oh my!”

  1. Dwight Owens Says:


    We are interested to know what group and pod the Orcas belonged to. Do you have any closer photos of them?

    Thanks, -Dwight. [http://www.oceannetworks.ca/img/onc-email-octopus.jpg]

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  2. Yam korine Says:

    One of the BEST filed trip! It looks like an amazing time in the underwater world! Yam PC 40

    • pearsoncollegemarinescience Says:

      Hi Yam!
      We did have three wonderful trips to the kelp forest this year – we missed you though! Hope all is well with you. I heard a rumour you might pursue marine science in the future – any truth to that one?
      Take care, Laura.

  3. Chloe Guilbert-Savary Says:

    Wow! Wonderful dive! How big was the octopus? Any ideas as to what happened to it?

    • pearsoncollegemarinescience Says:

      Hi Chloe!
      I think that the octopus probably died of old age. It was a large male with an arm span over 2 m (from arm tip to arm tip) and octopuses have short life span (3 to 5 years). You can see more photos of the octopus we found here.
      Missing you, Laura.

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