orca (killer) whale

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Gangs of killer whales are robbing Alaskan fishermen 

  • According to a report in the Anchorage Daily News, gangs of orcas have been harassing local fisherman, often stealing their catch before they can make it back to the docks.
  • “You’d see two of them show up, and that’s the end of the trip. Pretty soon all 40 of them would be around you,” John McHenry, owner of the F/V Seymour, told the National Post. He added that the orcas have become sort of like a “motorcycle gang.”
  • The orcas, the National Post reported, have learned exactly when and where fishing boats will troll for catches.
  • The giant whales will then wait, sometimes the entire day, for the fishermen to accumulate their catch before chasing after the boats and eating through nets and devouring anything left on a line. Read more (6/20/17)

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Most promising underwater photographer of the year – winner. 

Orca Pod by Nicholai Georgiou (UK). 

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Georgiou got this shot during a winter sunset, with the water down to just 5C. As an envious judge pointed out, “Most underwater photographers would be happy to get a shot of a single killer whale, but Nicholai had the composure not to panic and time the shot perfectly as a pod of killer whales passed by heading into the setting sun. I’m jealous.”

Photograph: Nicholai Georgiou/UPY2017