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Orca

This was the third time in my life so far, where a bull (male) Orca swam straight for the boat I've happened to be in, and dived shallowly beneath us, resurfacing on the other side. What an experience! So close in fact that many shots did not turn out, because the whale was too close for my telephoto lens. This fellow is from J-pod, an endangered group of southern resident Orca that commonly hang out in the southern Gulf Islands of BC and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. They eat salmon almost exclusively, and are very "tribal" a sense. They stay together as family groups, but related family groups also congregate from time to time. They have a distict language that is unique to their pod, including particular songs which only this group sing. Amazing.

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Taken on July 11, 2007