We were south of Latouche on Tuesday trying to get some butts in the 4-6 footers when a couple orcas surfaced a couple hundred yards off the stern. We were catching some chickens and noticed one of the orcas eating what we think was a seal. We got two butts on and one was about 100 foot down from the boat and the other was on the bottom still. The orcas surfaced now about 50 yards from the boat. So I says to my crew - ya think Orcas like chicken? The response was unanimous - probably so.
My fish was getting close and I was trying to get it into the boat as fast as I could. I saw the chicken first and was getting ready to quickly gaff it when from the deep came white shiny teeth followed by a black head. I reacted by jerking up on the pole and trying to get to the other side of the boat. The chicken came flying into the boat and the bull snapped his mouth shut and rolled to his side just brushing the bottom unit of the motor. Seriously - he was less than 3 feet from the boat.
He was not full grown I don't think but pretty large in appearance at three feet distance. I could have gaffed him. They sounded and came up about 75 yards up current from the boat and the next fish came aboard without getting eaten.