What a beautiful day it was in Tofino. We had another day of killer whale visitation - this time from the T109As, or The Runaways.
This gang is one of our most frequent visitors, and they are generally pretty active when they do appear. Today was no exception, although one thing was particularly unusual, even for them: we heard them vocalise. Now it's not uncommon to hear what's going on if you use a hydrophone (an underwater microphone), but we weren't. We heard them above water! This is something I've only experienced once before, and was a beautiful surprise.
After catching up with these guys they travelled through Tofino Harbour, giving the locals a chance to watch these guys from the shoreline and docks around town.
“I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.” - J. Wooden 🏊🏼♀️ I’m full on into my second training camp of the year, and I couldn’t be more grateful for an environment that pushes me daily, but also allows me to be myself. At the @purplepatchfitness
Pro Camp I’m surrounded by coaches and teammates that make me want to BRING IT every session. We also have a really good time. 😊 My advice: surround yourself with people who challenge you and encourage you to find the best version of yourself. 📷 @jamesmitchell5 #OrcaTriathlon #Orca
"The sea is as near as we come to another world." ~ Anne Stevenson
Video by @jdvos_com
Inte ens en sådan självklar sak kan folket enas om. Inte undra på att vi har en så ofungerande regering i det här landet.
#killerwhale #orca #späckhuggare
Close encounter with the most elegant apex predator of the seas.
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Olha só que magnífico ❤️.
Toxic chemical pollutants could trigger a "killer whale apocalypse" with the species likely to disappear entirely from parts of the world's oceans within just a few decades, conservationists have warned. 🌎🐳 Follow us for more @the_oceanvibe
Are killer whale “midwifes” real? Every time a photo of a heavily scarred newborn killer whale calf surfaces on social media, there is always an immediate buzz as to what may have caused such scars. Without fail, many people will confidently state that the calves received the scars when another whale had to “pull” the calf out of the mother’s birth canal with their teeth. But is there any evidence to support such claims? As it turns out, there actually isn’t! This hypothesis originated with Ken Balcomb after J50 was born heavily scarred. The media ran with the story of the valiant and human-like action of killer whale midwifery, and naturally, people believed it. In reality, there is no evidence that anything like the story described actually happened. Killer whales have never been observed pulling infants out of the birth canals of other whales. If you’ve ever spent time watching newborn killer whales, you will know that rough-housing and aggressive play is fairly normal. Calves get thrown out of the water, grabbed by other whales, and are jostled around quite frequently! All of these actions could result in scarring on a newborn calf. Additionally, we also know that infanticide has occurred in killer whales as well. It is not out of the realm of possibility that heavily-scarred calves survived an infanticide attempt. We only see a tiny fraction killer whales’ lives—we don’t always know what is going on under the water. While it is fun to think that killer whale midwifes exist, it is important to be realistic and examine the evidence before accepting far-fetched and unsupported ideas. #orca #killerwhale #alaska #kachemakbay #homeralaska #whale #whalewatching #cetacean #blackfish #pacificnorthwest #westcoast #ocean #nature #sea #wildlife #marinemammal #biology
It is an orca protecting a gem! It was a little present for a friend.
I dont sculpt very often anymore, a shame really as i really enjoy it, and here i finally managed to use my little clay pots and attempt to sculpt water. It was definitely an experience!
That member of Split Enz peeking from the bookcase makes this weirder.
#splitenz #orca #cat