Surfaced Orca I
One minute and twenty-seven seconds after the last photograph, "Orca Diving III," and our Orca has completed his shallow dive and is back on the surface.
In this photo, his blow hole is visible, as is the gray splotch at the base of his fin.
The notches on the front of his fin near the base are interesting. None of the Orcas in my whale book had them or, if they did, they weren't visible in the photos.
Whether the fin grew that way or whether the notches are the results of injuries, only the Orca, marine biologists and Orca enthusiasts can say with any certainty. Maybe the Orca are getting into body modification.
The notches would certainly make it easy to identify this individual and track sightings. It seems none of us - Orcas or humans - have the privacy we used to take for granted.
Like an iceberg, most of the Orca's body is submerged when he's cruising along in the manner shown here. Because the Orca isn't cavorting and leaping out of the water, we aren't being treated to a sight of his flashy and distinctive markings - the white mark above and behind the eye, the white chin, and the white markings on the rear part of the Orca's underside.
To see what the rest of this Orca probably looks like, go to: www.cetaceanwatching.com/w4/media/Orcinus orca0.jpg
At sea, on the Strait of Georgia, between Nanaimo and Comox, on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.