A very lucky dive group recently observed a pod of orcas during their surface interval! The Orcas swam right under their boat, the sighting went viral through social media groups and local news outlets.
Orcas in the Caribbean?
In 2009 an Aruba naval sailor photographed killer whales which was the start of the CWOP (Caribbean-wide Orca Project) project in Venezuela and Aruba.
Since 2009 researchers from the Caribbean, North America, and Europe have collected data on Orca sightings in the region through colleagues, scientific reports, and social media.
By 2014, there were 176 sightings in the Caribbean region, and so far, just over 300 sightings have been documented. This indicates that Orca’s have always been found in the Caribbean, just in small numbers.
Roatan is extremely lucky when it comes to marine life, you never know what you will see out on the water this in part is due to the organizations, businesses, and individuals who have worked tirelessly to protect and preserve the island’s reef and marine life.
If you would like to support Marine Conservation in Roatan be sure to check out the Roatan Marine Park (RMP).