The Annual Return Of Spawning Orcas In The Susquehanna River Begins A Month Early

HOLTWOOD, PA – Orcas have begun their annual return to the Susquehanna River to spawn nearly a month early.

The annual orca spawn usually begins in early October but according to POL Biologist Earl Sneed Climate Change is to blame for the early spawn.

“All this damned global warming and climate change is screwing things all up.” explained Sneed.

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.

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When we last reported on the annual orca spawn in 2015 a spawning Susquehanna Orca had bitten a York County kayaker.

The Orca promptly spit out the kayaker after noticing he tasted pretty much, like York.

The kayaker was taken to Wellspan where he was treated and released. DCNR officials found the Orca who bit the York man and administered a regimen of antibiotics to ward off any York infection.