Orcas (Killer Whales) Sleeping

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    Several members of the Orca (Orcinus Orca) family J Pod surface together to breathe while sleeping off Blakely Island in Washington's Puget Sound. When sleeping, the whales, also known as killer whales, turn off the half of their brains that are not responsible for regulating breathing. During this time, they tend to cluster, swim slowly in circles, and surface together.

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    1. jensenl 108 months ago | reply

      very interesting.

    2. Robert Rountree 108 months ago | reply

      This is a tight cluster, couple of big ones in there

    3. KLauderdale 108 months ago | reply

      Nice shot and I never knew that about the whales - thats kinda cool!

    4. Orcasforever 107 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo! It's so amazing when they sleep...I can see J1/Ruffles in the group there (the big fin).

    5. Clipper Monsoon 100 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the photo and the caption. Great!

    6. DreamzInColor 99 months ago | reply

      Neat. Thanks for sharing.
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    7. palmsworld63 77 months ago | reply

      Nice.. I love Orca!!!

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