#biggskillerwhales photos & videos

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CAPTION: HEADS OR TAILS . . You call it??? . Well this tail belongs to an oconic #keystonespecies #killerwhales #orcas or #blackfish .. which do you prefer? . Killer Whales are at the top of food chain, they dominate the ocean environment, and are one of my favorite #marinemammals . This is also a #waybackwednesday #wildlifewednesday image shot while #whalewatching a frw year's ago with @monterey_bay_whale_watch . During the spring months particularly April and May Killer whales show up in the waters of Monterey to hunt the calves of #migratinggraywhales . Here, was the aftermath of a hunt. Although, many few as a sad event, it's nature's way. . #whaleywednesday #whalesofinstagram #orcasofinstagram #killer_whales #biggskillerwhales #killerwhalesquad #wildcalifornia #wildandfreethewayitshouldbe #nocaptivity #notanks #cetaceanstation #cetaceansofinstagram #odonticide #wildlifephotography #nature_perfection #naturephotography #amazinganimals #conservationphotography #marinephotography

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2 days ago

What a lovely fall afternoon to share with these beauties! 🐳 #orca #orcas #killerwhales #transients #biggskillerwhales #t109 #t109b #mudgeisland #doddnarrows #orcaholic #whales #bcwhales #transientorcas

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Psyched to have found the T18s and these big lads out in the Georgia Strait yesterday. We were mid humpback whale watching when in the distance I could see T19C Spouter's large dorsal fin gliding through the water. Shortly after T19B Galiano popped up next to his younger brother along with Mum and Gran. Always great to catch up with this pod #transientkillerwhale #whale #whalewatching #salishsea #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #orca #whales #dorsalfin #salishsea #wildlifephotography #wildlife #animals #nature #photography #beautifulbritishcolumbia #canada 🇨🇦

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2 days ago

I was lucky enough to be able to see the T10s, T109s, and T109Bs yesterday. It was my first time being able to see the T109s and T109Bs, and I haven’t seen the T10s since 2018 so it was amazing to see them. Photo 1 (L-R ): T109B4, T109B5, T109B Sem, T109 Noyes, and T109D Eivin Photo 2 (L-R ): T109B4, T10 Langara, T10C Bones, and T109D Eivin Photo 3 (L-R ): T109B Sem and T109B4 Photo 4: T109 Noyes • • • #biggskillerwhales #orca #killerwhale #blackfish #orcawhale #cetacean #dolphin #whale #sea #ocean #sji #sanjuanisland #fridayharbor #pnw #pacificnorthwest #salishsea #wild #wildlife #photography #wildlifephotography #wildandfree #nofishnoblackfish

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3 days ago

Peaceful family moment with a pod of Transient/Bigg’s Killer Whales. Killer whales are not only very social and family-oriented animals, they are also very intelligent. Studies of the killer whale brain have revealed that they have an advanced neocortex, which is responsible for higher-order thinking (like problem solving ) and a highly developed amygdala, which is responsible for emotional learning and long-term memories. Killer whales also have a lot of ‘wrinkles’ or ‘folds’ in their brain... more than humans. The more folds a brain has, the more information and data the brain can process. This is called gyrification, and killer whales have one of the most gyrified brains on the planet. But how smart are killer whales? Researchers compared the gyrification of killer whale brain to a human brain. The gyrification level of a human brain is 2.2... the gyrification level of a killer whale is 5.7. We probably can learn a lot from these exceptional animals. #killerwhales #orca #transientkillerwhales #biggskillerwhales #pod #wearethepod #whales #salishsea #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography #ocean #sea #protecthesea #britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #pacificnorthwest #pnw #canada #explorenature #explorebc #explorecanada #whalewatching #vancouverwhalewatch #salishseaorcas #respectwhales

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5 days ago

☁️ dreams do come true! • this is my 3rd time being out on the water with the magical orca and humpback whale energy. today was a huge moment for me in my journey with these beautiful beings. I identified my first killer whale in the wild utilizing dorsal fin id techniques and I got it right! I've come so far and I can't wait to further establish my connection with these waters. thank you so much mother earth. 🌏🌊🌊 《 if you have a dream, a goal you'd like to accomplish, i encourage you to imagine the feeling that would overcome you when you receive it. write it down. and make it a reality because you deserve it. you deserve to be happy and I am rooting for you! you got this, even if it's scary, take the leap of faith because at the end of the day, your heart and soul will lead you. guide you. and you know yourself best. never live life to please others. honour your path. you can do it baby. 》

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5 days ago

Know Your “Look-Alike” Bigg’s Killer Whales 🐳🐳🐳⁣ ⁣ Matriarchs T36B (Tattertip ), T46 (Wake ), and T86A (Eider ) are next up in our "Look-Alikes" series! If you've been with us from the start, you'll recognize two of these fierce females from their featured bios: Wake (T46 ) who was rounded up to be auctioned off to a seaquarium in her youth, but fortunatley was released and is now a great-grandmother 🐳 & Tattertip (T36B ) youngest daughter of Flapjack and mother of three herself 🐳 These three ladies each have two deep notches along the trailing edge of their dorsal fins, which can lead to mix-ups when IDing. In fact, the nicknames "Tattertip" and "Wake" are both inspired by the tattered, or wave-like, appearance these notches create.⁣ ⁣ We hope these visual aids can serve as a useful tool in your ID arsenal:⁣ ⁣ 🔴 Red markings highlight dorsal fin notches⁣ 🔵 Blue markings highlight dorsal fin shape⁣ 🌳 Green markings highlight saddle patch shape⁣ ⚪ White markings highlight saddle patch scarring⁣ ⁣ For more Bigg's resources, including a more detailed version of this guide, follow the link in our bio.⁣ ⁣ As always, note that there are many ways to ID orcas apart from those outlines here, but we hope this can aid you in honing your identification skills 🐳⁣ ⁣ 📸 @salishwhales

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6 days ago

T37B and T36 cruising past Whidbey Island in July. Their two families met up for the day to socialize and hunt together. The rest of the whales had just made a kill and these two, along with T36B3 (not pictured ) were booking it to share the meal #killerwhales #orcas #wildlifephotography #salishsea #pnw #marinemammals #whalewatching #blackfish #nikon #pnwphotographer #sealife #wildlife #nature #whalelover #nikonphotography #sanjuanislands #capturewashington #natgeo #pacificnorthwest #upperleft #nikonnofilter #natgeoyourshot #naturephotography #pnwonderland #transients #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #transientkillerwhale

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1 weeks ago

Oh hi Sidney (T123 ) 👋🏽 Happy #whalewednesday 🐳 . . 📷: 9/11/20- taken at 400mm and cropped. @sjiwhalewatch was following all regulations and boat was stopped 💙 . . #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #orca #wildwhales #sanjuanislands #salishsea #pnw #pnwonderland #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #whales #killerwhales #orcas #wildlifephotography #teamcanon

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2 weeks ago

These pictures of the T46Bs include a different kind of black & white! Earlier this season, our crew photographed a pair of bald eagles following this group of Bigg's Killer Whales. Some birds will take the opportunity to scavenge any leftovers that the whales might leave behind. The T46Bs include T46B1B, T'Luk the leucistic orca. Leucism differs from albinism; T'Luk does not display the characteristic pink or red eyes of an albino animal. Swipe to see more! Bigg's Killer Whales and Southern Resident Killer Whales are both protected by regulations outlined in Be Whale Wise. Click the link in our bio to learn more! #biggskillerwhales #southernresidentkillerwhales #srkw #bewhalewise #seeablowgoslow #tluk #t46b1b #whale #orca #killerwhales

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2 weeks ago

Happy first day of fall! 🍃🍂🍁 Members of the T65As surfacing in front of autumn leaves on Orcas Island. The T65As are Transient/Bigg’s killer whales (mammal eaters” who have become our “local transients” as they spend much of their time hunting here in the Salish Sea. #fallequinox #firstdayoffall #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales

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2 weeks ago

Happy first day of fall! 🍂 Be kind, be calm, be safe. 📷 R. Hayden SSOS 📍Salish Sea ▫️T100C

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2 weeks ago

Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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2 weeks ago

T123A stanley spyhopping yesterday after a quick hunt with his family. while i have your attention, VOTE. go request your ballot now. help get rid of these monstrous humans that are running this country. ____________________ #orcas #killerwhales #blackfish #biggskillerwhales #SRKWs #southernresidents #biggsarethebalance #dolphins #cetaceans #orcasisland #washingtonstate #britishcolumbia #pnw #pacificnorthbest #upperleftusa #salishsea #nofishnoblackfish #anticap #captivitykills #emptythetanks #thanksbutnotanks #nikon #nikonphotography #wildlifephotography #protectwhatyoulove #climatechangeisreal #thereisnoplanetb

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2 weeks ago

This. Steller. Is. A. Fighter. ⁣ ⁣ I was so excited to spot 17-year-old Steller sea lion #183R yesterday, as I wasn't sure I'd ever see him again. Back in early May, this big boy had a run in with the T123s, a pod of four Bigg's killer whales. This Steller fought off this pod of four orca for over an hour, as they worked to tire him out by using team work to come at him from all sides. In the end, 183R managed to escape into the shallows of a small bay off San Juan Island, and the pod left him bruised and exhausted. After the beating he endured, I wasnt sure how this male would fair, but here he is nearly six months later! ⁣ ⁣ That hunt was one of the most dramatic sea lion hunts I'd ever witnessed, with the Bigg's literally leaping from the water as they corralled their prey. I don't think anyone watching expected this sea lion to make it, so the ending came as quite a shock. I wonder how many of the scars on 183R are from Bigg's killer whales, vs wounds recieves sparring with other male Stellers. It's clear this male has more stories to tell...⁣ ⁣ What's more, we visited with the T123s here in the islands TODAY! What are the odds? I wonder if 183R will ever run into this family again. He was safe today, as the pod was busy hunting harbor porpoise in the Strait of Georgia.⁣ ⁣ First 📸 is of 183R taken 9.19.20⁣. Second 📸 is of T123A "Stanley" taken 9.20.20.

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2 weeks ago

An incredible evening with “Stanley” and the other T123’s off the Stait of George. #wakeuptoadventure #orca #wildlifephotography #wildlife_perfection #visitsanjuans #washingtonstate #wildorcas #biggskillerwhales #cetacean #killerwhales @americancetaceansociety

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2 weeks ago

Hey big brother! Stanley (T123A ) and his little sister Darcy (T123D ) snuggle up after a hunt a couple weeks ago. . . . . #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales #orcas #killerwhales #whales #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #cuddles #oceans #salishsea #pnw #pnwonderland #nikonphotography #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #idigthebiggs

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2 weeks ago

A quick hello from a big boy 🥰 . . It’s evident even at a distance that T69C is a big dude, and when he popped up for a visit around our stern I was mesmerized. His dorsal fin alone was taller than my five and a half foot self. I think I held my breath through this whole moment. It’s hard not to feel connected to these animals through encounters like these, though we have no idea what’s going on in their heads. . . * Engines off and photo taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. . . . . . #conservationthrougheducation #conservationphotography #conservation #wildlifephotography #blackfish #orca #killerwhale #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientorcas #dolphin #saveourseas #savethewhales #canon #canon80d #salishsea #explorevictoria #explorebc

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2 weeks ago

With the thick smoke, we haven’t had one of our classic sunsets in a couple weeks. This was early September, right off of Discovery Park. #earthcapture #biggskillerwhales #discoverypark #westcoast #pnwadventures #natgeowild #natgeoyourshot

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2 weeks ago

Meet T36A3, Storm 🐳⁣ ⁣ Leland's spunky little boy, Storm is now five years old and just as charismatic as his sisters. Storm was first seen swimming by his mother's side in 2015, yet his gender was only recently confirmed via photographic evidence. ⁣ ⁣ T36A3's nickname "Storm" is in reference to a lightening bolt shaped scar on his left saddle patch. He has also gone by the nickname "Mike III", in honor of Dr. Michael Bigg. The nickname "Storm" has been adopted in part to avoid confusion between T36A3 and the other whales who share the nickname "Mike". ⁣ ⁣ Earlier this week, we discussed the leading theories for why whales display surface active behaviors such as breaches. Today we'll address the million dollar question:⁣ ⁣ "WHEN do whales breach?"⁣ ⁣ The answer...Whenever they feel like it 🎉 Not the answer you were looking for? Bear with us. ⁣ ⁣ When it comes to Bigg's killer whales, there is no "breaching hour", or time of the day when breaches can be expected. That would be every photographer's dream, right? Breaches can be energetically taxing, so witnessing one is far less common than social media might lead you to believe 😉 However, one pattern that has been noted with Bigg's killer whales is that sometimes (not always! ) after a successful hunt, the pod may "celebrate" with more surface active behaviors. Social meetups between multiple pods, T-Parties, can also lead to an increase in social surface behaviors. Such is the case in this photo of Storm getting a little playful during a meetup with the extended family.⁣ ⁣ So for those hoping to witness Bigg's displaying such awe-inspiring physical feats, the best way to increase your chances of catching a breach is to increase your time spent on the water. Ask any whale photographer and they'll likely confirm that time, patience, and a little luck is often what's required to catch that perfect breach shot 🐳⁣ ⁣ 📸 @smurph .travel, courtesy of @islandadventurewhales

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2 weeks ago

T65B and T65B2 from a couple of weeks ago. #killerwhales #orcawhales #biggskillerwhales #wildandout #wildlife #salishsea #washingtonstate #pnw

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Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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Bigg’s Killer Whale T37B (95% sure, correct me if I’m wrong ) rockets out of the water! Hope you all have the same energy to tackle this hot week!! . . . #biggsarethebalance #killerwhale #whidbeyisland #whales #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #natureaddict #cetacean #biggskillerwhales #oceans #animals

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2 weeks ago

Hey big brother! Stanley (T123A ) and his little sister Darcy (T123D ) snuggle up after a hunt a couple weeks ago. . . . . #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales #orcas #killerwhales #whales #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #cuddles #oceans #salishsea #pnw #pnwonderland #nikonphotography #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #idigthebiggs

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3 weeks ago

In pursuit of a minke whale... the T18s, T65Bs, T60D, and T60E chased a minke whale for over 15 miles before the minke whale finally eluded them. It was a pretty amazing thing to witness. Afterwards the orcas grouped up and socialized. #orca #killerwhale #biggskillerwhales #minkewhale #whales #dolphins #wildwhales #sealife #wildlife #nature #sanjuanislands #pnw #pacificnorthwest #salishsea

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Feb 2020

T18 takes a peek yesterday during one of the most stunning moments I’ve had in a long while. I turned to @orcawild and our passengers after it was over and told them I was certain my heart had stopped for a moment. It wasn’t high energy, in fact it was the opposite of that. The whales were completely relaxed and surfacing together in the silvery afternoon light with layers of islands behind them. In that moment I felt transported to a life beyond what we are conditioned to experience day to day. There was no anxiety, no looming threat of disaster, no pain, nothing. There was just a complete surrender to a shared moment between two species. I was struck (as I often am when in their presence ) at how powerful their impact is on me...and many of you. They humble me, astound me, inspire, and teach me. I will never be able to fully express how much they have shaped who I am but I will spend the rest of my days trying. #orca #killerwhale #blackfish #whales #dolphins #biggskillerwhales #wildwhales #wildlife #salishsea #pnw #pacificnorthwest

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Just wow! 😱 Repost 👉🏼 @pugetsoundkeeper “Orca sightings from the shore are the best! 🙌” - ©️: @emmalindberg2 📍Whidbey Island 🇺🇸

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Jul 2020

T34A and T34A1 porpoising together yesterday as they rushed to catch up with T36 and the T37Bs near Admiralty Inlet. #orca #killerwhale #biggskillerwhales #whale #dolphin #wildwhales #wildlife #sealife #nature #salishsea #pnw #pacificnorthwest

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Jul 2020

"The sky's awake, so I'm awake, so it's time to play!"⁣ ⁣ Little T36B3 trying to prolong playtime while the rest of the pod get down to the serious business of scouting for harbor porpoise. Does it get any cuter?⁣

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Meet T36A3, Storm 🐳⁣ ⁣ Leland's spunky little boy, Storm is now five years old and just as charismatic as his sisters. Storm was first seen swimming by his mother's side in 2015, yet his gender was only recently confirmed via photographic evidence. ⁣ ⁣ T36A3's nickname "Storm" is in reference to a lightening bolt shaped scar on his left saddle patch. He has also gone by the nickname "Mike III", in honor of Dr. Michael Bigg. The nickname "Storm" has been adopted in part to avoid confusion between T36A3 and the other whales who share the nickname "Mike". ⁣ ⁣ Earlier this week, we discussed the leading theories for why whales display surface active behaviors such as breaches. Today we'll address the million dollar question:⁣ ⁣ "WHEN do whales breach?"⁣ ⁣ The answer...Whenever they feel like it 🎉 Not the answer you were looking for? Bear with us. ⁣ ⁣ When it comes to Bigg's killer whales, there is no "breaching hour", or time of the day when breaches can be expected. That would be every photographer's dream, right? Breaches can be energetically taxing, so witnessing one is far less common than social media might lead you to believe 😉 However, one pattern that has been noted with Bigg's killer whales is that sometimes (not always! ) after a successful hunt, the pod may "celebrate" with more surface active behaviors. Social meetups between multiple pods, T-Parties, can also lead to an increase in social surface behaviors. Such is the case in this photo of Storm getting a little playful during a meetup with the extended family.⁣ ⁣ So for those hoping to witness Bigg's displaying such awe-inspiring physical feats, the best way to increase your chances of catching a breach is to increase your time spent on the water. Ask any whale photographer and they'll likely confirm that time, patience, and a little luck is often what's required to catch that perfect breach shot 🐳⁣ ⁣ 📸 @smurph .travel, courtesy of @islandadventurewhales

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