|Orcas, or killer whales, are beautiful and very large, up to 12,000 pounds. Last week on our expedition on the National Geographic|
Sea Bird we watched two pods of orcas at Blackfish Sound on our way to Alert Bay, B.C.
|Three orcas spouting -- my favorite picture!|
|Every orca has unique black and white patterns. Individuals can be identified by their tail and fin markings.|
|The orcas we watched at Blackfish Sound were harassing groups of sea lions near the shore. We had seen a small|
pod of orcas a few days earlier, but only from a distance. This was a very exceptional sighting!
|As we watched the amazing orca & sea lion show, we also saw harbor porpoises,|
Pacific white-sided dolphins, and in the distance, humpback whales,
but I didn't get photos of these other sea mammals.
|An orca skeleton in the excellent whale museum in Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington.|
Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family, one of many types of toothed whale.
|The Center for Whale Research, Friday Harbor, where we heard a very interesting lecture on the lives of the orcas.|
|My souvenir refrigerator magnet.|