Photo: Transient Killer Whale Breach

A fully grown transient killer whale (Orcinus orca) breaching after killing and eating a sea lion, the British Columbia Coastal Mountains add the perfect background to it.

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Transient Killer Whale Breach
Breaching killer whale (Orcinus orca) in front of beautiful British Columbia Coastal Mountains.

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A display of pure power and energy is when a killer whale lifts its body completely out of the water, aka breaching.
I was lucky enough to watch a group of transient killer whales hunting down a sea lion. I don't really enjoy the killing part to much but it is part of nature and a very impressive one. The way the whales act before the hunt (you won't hear a peep under water), during the hunt and after the kill (lots of communication happening afterwards) is simply amazing and impressive.

I'm of course super happy that I was able to capture this full body, high in the air breach. The background could not have been any better with the beautiful British Columbia Coastal Mountains.

Needless to say that my guests on this wildlife & scenery photo tour where blown away too.

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Transient killer whales (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 "Killer Whale 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/4.5, exposure time of 1/1600 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 300mm.

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