Few wildlife encounters are quite as breathtaking as that of a wild whale sighting – which is why this team of marine biologists from the Center for Whale Research were overjoyed to receive a visit from a whole family of wild orcas in the San Juan islands last summer!
Every summer, these orcas visit the San Juan Islands to prey on salmon. This four-minute clip, uploaded on behalf of the Center and obtained under a federal research permit granted by NOAA, documents a portion of their hunt in summer 2014.
The Center for Whale Research is dedicated to monitoring the health of the Southern Resident killer whale population, located in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and building a solid database of studies on these whales to help assist in their conservation efforts. Thanks to the Center’s efforts, more is now known about this population of killer whales than about any other group of marine mammals in the world. You can find more about the Center, and how to support their work, by clicking here.
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