Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alaska: Orcas

I would have to say the most amazing thing we saw on our cruise around Kenai Fjords National Park was the pod of Orca (also known as Killer Whales).  Just like with the humpback whales we saw, the presence of the boat didn't seem to bother them at all.  There was a little tail slapping by the lone male, who kept his distance from the group of females.

The females kept very close together, and surfaced as a group, blowing spray from their blowholes.

See how close they all are to one another?  We watched them perform this maneuver over and over for at least half-an-hour.

I love how you can see this one's nose just beneath the surface (on the right). 

Then they all swam beneath our ship and headed out.  It was nothing less than amazing.

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