ORCAS LOOKING UP: Weekly Photo Challenge

Travels and Trifles

“Keep looking up..that’s the secret of life…”

Peanuts (Charles Schulz)


This week rather than doing my own “looking up” I’ve chosen to feature some amazing orca gymnastics in which the subjects, truly amazing creatures, are actually doing the looking. In my opening capture we see a large orca (which can weigh up to 9 tons and be up to 32 ft long) doing a backstroke as his fellow pod-member swims along beside.


“When everything has gone down, God wants you to look up”

Richmond Akhigbe

While our weather in Victoria wasn’t the best, we decided to don the huge jackets, wool hats, fleece gloves and waterproof pants offered by our whale-watching charter and brave the wet cold to seek orcas.  After a freezing, drizzly speedboat ride that lasted 90 minutes we were rewarded with an incredible show provided by a very cooperative pod…

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