Holtwood, PA – Orcas have begun their annual return to the Susquehanna to spawn.
DCNR officials are reporting the first Orcas of the year have been begun their annual spawning migration up the Susquehanna River. Seven Orcas have been counted this week passing through the Orca Ladder at Holtwood Dam.
Lancaster County resident, Sarah Bellum, captured a rare sighting of an Orca chasing a black bear away from its spawning bed. “I never seen nothing like this before” said Sarah.
Officials estimate more than 500 Orcas will migrate up the Susquehanna River to lay their eggs at the mouth of the Conestoga River. Residents are warned to stay away from spawning Orcas who can be very defensive during this period.
Update: 10/2/15 1:15pm
Breaking News: A spawning Susquehanna Orca has bitten a York County kayaker.
The Orca promptly spit out the kayaker after noticing he taste like York.
The kayaker was taken to Wellspan where he was treated and released. DCNR officials are searching for the Orca who bit the York man and plan to administer a regimen of antibiotics to ward off any York infection.