Photo: Sleeping Whales Northern Vancouver Island

At sunset off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada three Killer Whales decide it is time to do a little sleeping.

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Sleeping Whales Northern Vancouver Island
Photo of peaceful sleeping Killer Whales off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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At sunset around Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, the sun decides it is almost time to call it a day and the Killer Whales decided that it would be a good time to catch up on a little sleeping. The mist from their blow hangs above the whales as the brightness of the sun makes it appear to be a small patch of fog.The thin lines of cloud hide the sun but the rays fill the sky and turn it into a golden yellow color which reflect off the water's surface and the sleeping whales. The mountains in the backdrop are silhouetted by the sunset and some of the peaks seem to have the golden coloring to them as well.This behavior of resting or sleeping is a common sight when watching Killer Whales off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Sleeping for Killer Whales is not something that they do for extended periods of time, instead they take short catnaps here and there throughout the day.Adults seem to enjoy sleeping more so than the younger whales but as they grow they will also need more time to relax. Nobody knows for sure the amount of time Killer Whales spend sleeping but over the years the Northern Resident Killer Whales have been researched in depth. There has been a huge step in discovering incredible facts about the Orca and their life in their natural environment but nobody will ever know it all.While whale watching off Northern Vancouver Island, be sure to keep an eye on the Orcas to see how much time these whales spend sleeping. Researchers have found that a pod of Killer Whales that are resting or sleeping move extremely slow and calmly with the surroundings not making much of a difference.Killer Whales off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Orcas at sunset

This picture is part of the photo album "Sunset Pictures" - there are more beautiful images waiting for you.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/9.0, exposure time of 1/800 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 310mm.

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