Photo: Spy Hopping Whale Watching Transient Orca Whale

One very happy transient orca whale plays with its mates, spy hopping, tail slapping and breaching, after the group caught a sea lion off Malcolm Island in British Columbia during a whale watching tour.

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Spy hopping Whale Watching Transient Orca Whale
Photo of a spy hopping transient orca whale seen during a whale watching excursion near Port McNeill

Pictures from photo gallery: "British Columbia Pictures"

Northern Vancouver Island is one of the best places in Canada to see orca whales in the wild during a whale watching excursion. Among the resident pods that inhabit these BC waters, transient orcas also frequently visit.

During a whale watching trip, a pod of transient orcas were observed catching a sea lion. After the chase and subsequent meal, a celebration of sorts followed with the whales spy hopping, breaching, swimming on their backs and tail lopping.

Transient killer whale (orca, Orcinus orca, T30's & T137's) after killing a sea lion off Malcolm Island near Donegal Head, British Columbia, Canada.

This picture is part of the photo album "British Columbia 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 7D, aperture of f/5.0, exposure time of 1/800 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 300mm.

Spy hopping Whale Watching Transient Orca Whale
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