Description: Sent in by the crew of the PBLJ this movie clip and these images show a pod of Pilot Whales close to the rig seemingly swimming by as normal until they are disturbed, swim closer to the rig than normal, and shoot off in various directions.
Closer examination of the video footage kindly sent into SERPENT shows several Orca Killer Whales chasing the pod of Pilots and their younger calves. The Orcas have characteristic tall fins.
Item Type: Video
Title: Pilot whales and killer whales around rig
Species: Globicephala melaena, Orcinus orca
Behaviour: Pilot whales swimming on surface near rig. Killer whales arrive and appear to chase them. Pilot whales scatter.
Site: Atlantic -- North Sea -- West of Shetland -- Foinaven
North Sea -- West of Shetland -- Foinaven
Site Description: Topside
Depth (m): Surface
Countries: UK -- West of Shetland
Habitat: Open ocean
Rig: Paul B Loyd Junior
Project Partners: BP, Transocean, Subsea 7
Deposited By: Rob Curry
Deposited On: 18 September 2007