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This image captures a Killer Whale (also known as Orca) on the downside of a breach. I wish I had caught it when it was straight up in the air, but the breach came as such a surprise, that I was just glad to have any image to show from it.

 

There are a different theories about why a whale breaches including that this is a way to communicate (either with their pod, other animals, or humans/boats). Another theory is that they are doing it as a way to remove parasites from their skin, and that the impact on the water knocks the parasites loose.

 

This was the first Killer Whale that I have seen breach, and up until this point on the trip I’m not even sure if we saw anything but the fin of the Killer Whales. So while I wished I could have had more of the full breach captured on camera, I’m just happy we got to see more than just the fin of the whale.

 

This image was captured during my 2016 Marine Mammals trip, which explores the Johnstone Strait and up to the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. If you would like more information on this trip, visit Natural Art Images.

 

If you are interested in purchasing this image, or any other images on my site, please contact me contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Taken: August 13, 2016
Location: Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport
Focal Length: 600mm
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 2500
Exposure:1/1000

About this Image

This image captures a Killer Whale (also known as Orca) on the downside of a breach. I wish I had caught it when it was straight up in the air, but the breach came as such a surprise, that I was just glad to have any image to show from it.

 

There are a different theories about why a whale breaches including that this is a way to communicate (either with their pod, other animals, or humans/boats). Another theory is that they are doing it as a way to remove parasites from their skin, and that the impact on the water knocks the parasites loose.

 

This was the first Killer Whale that I have seen breach, and up until this point on the trip I’m not even sure if we saw anything but the fin of the Killer Whales. So while I wished I could have had more of the full breach captured on camera, I’m just happy we got to see more than just the fin of the whale.

 

This image was captured during my 2016 Marine Mammals trip, which explores the Johnstone Strait and up to the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. If you would like more information on this trip, visit Natural Art Images.

 

If you are interested in purchasing this image, or any other images on my site, please contact me contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Taken: August 13, 2016
Location: Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Camera Specs

Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport

Focal Length: 600mm

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 2500

Exposure:1/1000