Thomas J Mitchell
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Orca | Killer Whales | Ocean Pandas

The Apex Predator of the oceans
 

J34 aka Doublestuf at sunset #1

J34 aka Doublestuf at sunset #1

This encounter is one that is close to my heart, as the whale pictured (J34 aka Doublestuf) was discovered washed up on a beach a few weeks afterwards.  He was a member of J pod, which is one of three pods that make up the critically endangered Southern Resident population found in the Pacific North West.

Small Type B Orca #1

Small Type B Orca #1

I encountered a pod of small Type B Orca cruising along the Gerlache Strait on the Antarctic Peninsula on New Year's Eve, 2017

Breaching Orca #1

Breaching Orca #1

A female from L Pod of the Southern Resident Orca population breaching near our zodiac, as her and the rest of her family cruised west along the Juan De Fuca Strait just south of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

small Type B Orca #3

small Type B Orca #3

This was a close interaction with a curious male that I encountered in the Bransfield Strait on March 8th, 2018.  At the time this male and the rest of his pod were chasing & harassing a group of Antarctic Fur Seals

Doublestuf aka J34 at Sunset #2

Doublestuf aka J34 at Sunset #2

J34 aka Doublestuf cruising near the San Juan Islands with Mt. Baker in the background one September evening. The colours and ocean conditions has made it by far one of my favourite orca encounters yet. RIP Doublestuf

Bigg's Orca #1

Bigg's Orca #1

A pod of Bigg's (mammal hunting) orca moving quickly in rough conditions just south of Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island.

Bigg's Orca #2

Bigg's Orca #2

When an orca comes vertically up out of the water it is known as a 'syphop', which is a curiosity behaviour when the animal wants to see what is going on above the surface.  I was lucky enough to not only witness this but take a decent photo of a double syphop from two Bigg's (mammal hunting) orca in the Canadian Gulf Islands.

Type B Orca #3

Type B Orca #3

A small Type B orca or a Gerlache Killer Whale cruising along with the rest of its pod near the South Shetland Islands in the Bransfield Strait in Antarctica chasing Antarctic Fur Seals.  When this young juvenile decided to peak their head above the surface to get a better look at the vessel that they were swimming beside.