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Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to come face-to-face with a giant orca? If that moment ever happened, what would you do? How do you think you’d feel?

Thanks to photographer Joshua Barton, we no longer have to wonder. He captured the incredible gaze of an orca in this beautiful photograph:

One Look Into This Orca’s Eyes Will Inspire You To Fight For Their Freedom

According to a Facebook post from Orca Project Sri Lanka, the encounter went like this: “As Joshua gently entered the water 100m away the orcas began to approach in curiosity, swimming right under the boat. A singular adult female came in for a much a closer look, approaching Joshua within a few feet, inquisitively gazing up at him before arching underneath. This was a truly mutual encounter, two beings from different worlds brought together in a moment of shared curiosity.”

And this is the way we believe all our interactions should happen with marine life – from the other side of a glass wall or at a marine park. As you can instantly tell from the photo, whales are intelligent, emotional, and downright fascinating. The brain of the orca is four times larger than the human brain, weighing in at 12 pounds. Their brains have been evolving for millions of years, while modern-day humans first emerged about 200,000 years ago, it is safe to assume that their cognitive development is at least as advanced as ours – if not considerably more so! And with complex familial and social relationships, we can gather that these creatures are highly self-aware, adaptable, and intelligent.

Moreover, orcas are highly social animals. They live in tight matrilineal pods, composed of grandmothers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They typically choose to remain with their immediate family group for the rest of their lives. So you can imagine the damage done to orcas when they’re cruelly torn from their natural habitat and relegated to a life spent in captivity.

This is a highly traumatizing experience for this sensitive beings. Throughout their lives in captivity, orcas display zoochotic (psychotic) behaviors, similar to symptoms of prison neurosis. Some stereotypic behaviors include swimming in circles repetitively, establishing pecking orders, and lying motionless at the surface or on the aquarium floor for relatively long periods of time.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. This orca’s gaze tells you all you need to know that they deserve to be free. To join the fights, here’s what you can do:

Image Source: Joshua Barton/Facebook

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20 comments on “One Look Into This Orca’s Eyes Will Inspire You To Fight For Their Freedom”

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Imke Virgo
2 Years Ago

Femke Swanton


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Rima Rkein
2 Years Ago

Marwa Adham


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Malgosia Kiraga
2 Years Ago

Dick Bruce, may I suggest you watch "blackish" available on Netflix. It will give you information on the points you are making.


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Daniel Ford
2 Years Ago

These horrible animals kill baby whales. They stalk silently (other species communicate amongst themselves.


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Claire Lafleur Werner
2 Years Ago

For sure


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Patricia Banks
2 Years Ago

I love the photo. Sometimes I think the whales and dolphins are trying to connect with us as much as we are with them. And when a magic moment like this occurs,no words are needed.


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Patricia Banks
2 Years Ago

I love the photo. Sometimes I think the whales and dolphins are trying to connect with us as much as we are with them. And when a magic moment like this occurs,no words are needed.


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Dick Bruce
2 Years Ago

So you set them free and they die in the wild, what kind of an animal lover is that? In captivity they get well fed and medical attention and live years longer than in the wild. I love them also but once in captivity for years, they are no longer wild animals. Drop you off in the middle of a jungle and see how long you last.


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Jill Vincent Tierney
23 Apr 2016

Good point. But being in captivity is a slow hell.

K Dana Shallcross
23 Apr 2016

There's a reason why caged people would rather die than be in that hell for the rest of their lives. Not all Orca's die in the wild, they need a pod to connect with in addition to getting these sick practices of bloodbaths that mankind engages in.

Dick Bruce
23 Apr 2016

You are mixing apples and oranges. You are giving animals human emotions. Stick with Orcas. Here in Central FL there are ads to have Sea World turn the ocras loose. Yeah right = shark meat.

Alan McGhee
23 Apr 2016

You forget that they are social creatures, and that their brains are larger than yours. On the whole I think they'll do just fine if a pod 'adopts' them.

Debra Jean Parr
24 Apr 2016

Again, we are projecting our human emotions - which is Natural. Some people are just striving to live a LONG life - while others just strive to live a full filled life -with a shorter life span. Quality vs Quantity. If the orcas have been in captivity for a long period -it IS a risk to them setting them free- but my feeling is - it needs to be done for the reason of compassion.

Debra Jean Parr
24 Apr 2016

Again, we are projecting our human emotions - which is Natural. Some people are just striving to live a LONG life - while others just strive to live a full filled life -with a shorter life span. Quality vs Quantity. If the orcas have been in captivity for a long period -it IS a risk to them setting them free- but my feeling is - it needs to be done for the reason of compassion.

Dick Bruce
24 Apr 2016

You are making the assumption that the Orca is not being provided compassion? That is a human reaction. The staff at Sea World feed them a good healthy diet and the Vets make sure they are healthy. If that is not compassion then I don't know what is. You don't have the compassion if you want to set them free to most likely die. As I said above, suppose you are dropped off in the middle of a jungle you have no early idea what it is. How long would you survive?

Dick Bruce
24 Apr 2016

You are making the assumption that the Orca is not being provided compassion? That is a human reaction. The staff at Sea World feed them a good healthy diet and the Vets make sure they are healthy. If that is not compassion then I don't know what is. You don't have the compassion if you want to set them free to most likely die. As I said above, suppose you are dropped off in the middle of a jungle you have no early idea what it is. How long would you survive?

Michael Weinberg
24 Apr 2016

Dick the ignorance spouting from your mouth burns my eyes

Dick Bruce
24 Apr 2016

You might try "Clear Eyes", "Blink gel Tears" or "Opcon-A". I guess I wasted a great deal of money and time getting my three degrees but thanks for your intelligent compliment.

Steve Rigby
2 Years Ago

Animals on land Animals in sea don't eat don't use,uf they have a eye don't


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