March 15, 2014 7:59 pm
Updated: March 15, 2014 8:02 pm

GALLERY: Orcas hunt dolphins in Blind Channel near Squamish, B.C.

Hundreds of dolphins surprised boaters in Blind Channel near Squamish Saturday.

Mandy Jensen

Members of the Squamish Yacht Club had an up-close encounter with orcas hunting dolphins in Blind Channel Saturday.

Gord Gunner said he he was walking his dog near Blind Channel at around 11:30 a.m. when he saw a pod of 100 to 200 white-sided dolphins swim into the bay.

Gunner said he then spotted a group of 12 to 15 orcas swimming at the mouth of the channel, seemingly trapping dozens of the dolphins inside.

A few of the orcas then swam into the channel and started “playing” with the dolphins, leaping into the air with the smaller mammals in their mouths before eating them.

The sight garnered hundreds of onlookers Saturday afternoon. By 3 p.m., Gunner said there were hundreds of vehicles parked in the area to see the demonstration of the circle of life.

PHOTOS: Dolphins and orcas in Blind Channel

On Thursday, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue volunteers were out on the water in southern Howe Sound, between Fisherman’s Cove and Bowen Island, when hundreds of dolphins surrounded their boat.

WATCH: Raw video of dolphins in Howe Sound

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