Be careful when Orca watching by kayak

Posted By on September 18, 2006

Orca
Considering I’m behind in getting up today’s post and haven’t posted a video clip recently … today’s post will be a clip served up over at Google Videos (at bottom). Besides including of one of my favorite sea mammals, the Orca or Killer Whale (I worked with Shamu at Sea World many years ago), the extraordinary animals are powerful but usually gentle around humans in the Pacific northwest. The one below is definitely powerful … but perhaps not as gentle as watchers are use to?

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Common misunderstanding: The orca is the sole species in the genus Orcinus, and is of the Oceanic dolphin family and not a “whale” as often thought. Oceanic dolphins are the members of the Delphinidae family of cetaceans.

Comments

  • That’s gotta hurt! But it makes for great cocktail party fodder! 🙂 I’m surprised kayakers are allowed out that close to orcas or other marine mammals — I just assumed they were protected by the same “anti-harassment” laws that protect endangered species such as humpbacks?

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