Hey, I just stumbled upon your photo of dolphins from Nelson Bay. I felt it was imperative to point out that you spelt Port Stephens wrong (Port Stevens). I trust you to amend this at your earliest convenience. Thank you - A concerned resident of Port StePHens.
wOAH DID I OH LORDY WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME
i lived under port stephens council for years clearly something crashed in my brain the day i wrote that??? fingers on autopilot.
thanks for the heads up, all has been fixed.
Photo and caption by Isabelle Dupre
Back flip of a wild orca (Orcinus orca) in the waters off Norway. This young female did the same breach three times close to our boat. I have never ever seen a breach like that from a wild orca. I cannot recall any picture taken of such a breach in the wild. The second time she breached, I was able to capture the reflection of the female on the still water of the sea which was like a mirror. It is one of my best memories in my photographing experience.
Location: Norway - Vesteralen Islands - Offshore
PUMPLER IS ALIVE!
“This, afternoon, Plumper was seen and heard on the hydrophones!!!He is alive and well and back again beside his brother.The three As are still a terrific trio.”
THATS AMAZING NEWS!
- At least 144 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).
- 125 of these (or 87%) orcas are now dead.
- In the wild, male orcas live to an average of 30 years (maximum 50-60 years) and 46 years for females (maximum 80-90 years).
- Of the 33 orcas that have been born in captivity and have since died (excluding stillbirths), they survived an average of 4.5 years.
- In total, 158 orcas have died in captivity, including 28 miscarried or still-born calves.
- SeaWorld holds 23 orcas in its three parks in the United States and owns (at least) a further four at Loro Parque in Spain (ownership of Adan and Morgan not verified). At least forty-four orcas have died at SeaWorld.
I’m extremely sad to be writing this to you. It seems that the beautifully handsome male Plumper has passed away.
On the 25th June 2014, both Plumper and his only living relative- brother Kaikash- returned to Johnstone Strait after their winter travels. There had been concern over the state of Plumper’s health as whilst he looked okay, he had been painfully slow and had found it a task to keep up with Kaikash.
For two days running, Kaikash was suddenly seen without the company of his brother. It seems that the majestic bull had passed away. Luckily, Surf of the A8s has been travelling alongside Kaikash but never the less, it’s painfully sad.
Once Kaikash passes away, the entire matriline will be wiped out.
Rest in peace, gorgeous boy.
Russian orca photographed off the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. They were feeding on Atka mackerel (there’s a spawning ground in the area).
© Rob Lott (June 2014).
Alaska June 2014 205 (by caryn_barnett)