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Photo: Orca Fin Northern Vancouver Island

An Orca shows off his pectoral fin off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

A Northern Resident Orca rolls and plays in the waters off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and gives whale watchers an excellent view of his pectoral fin. This is just one of the many behaviors that you may see an Orca do in the wild.

The pectoral fin(s) of an Orca are a rounded but paddle like shape made up of bones which are joined by connective tissue. There are thick cartilage pads that are lengthwise between the bones of the fin. The blood that flows in each fin helps the Orca to keep a stable body temperature.

Along with regulating the Orca whale's temperature, the pectoral fins are very important in the way an Orca swims. These fins are used to steer and stop with the aid of the tail flukes and can grow to be about six feet in length and three feet wide.

On a whale watching trip off Northern Vancouver Island you are never sure what is in store but it is always fun to watch an Orca play with kelp. ... continue below the picture...


Orca Fin Northern Vancouver Island

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Orca Fin Northern Vancouver Island
Photo of the pectoral fin of an Orca in the waters off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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... They love to have the kelp slide over each fin as well as their tail flukes. You should always be prepared with your camera as depending on how much fun they are having and what kind of mood they are in, a breach could be next in line.

Killer Whale off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.

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Orca Fin Northern Vancouver Island
An Orca shows off his pectoral fin off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
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