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Orca whale (Orcinus orca)

Orca whale (Orcinus orca) by Ralph Lee Hopkins

Johnstone Strait near Robson Bight Ecological Reserve
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
by Ralph Lee Hopkins, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA

“One afternoon while I was on a Lindblad Photography Expedition, a pod of perhaps
30 orcas swam past our ship as it idled. Because the whales typically make several brief
surfacings before taking a longer dive, it is possible to anticipate the location of an
individual’s next breath and focus the camera there. On this occasion I witnessed
three whales unexpectedly surface together.”

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