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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 15:58
Viewed: 3664
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
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Orca (Orcinus orca)

This is not one of the best Orca shots but it is very special to me, it was the first time that I could see one of this in the wild, it was very cold, but it was worth it. I'm forever grateful for this opportunity.


Killer whales are found in all oceans and most seas, including (unusually for cetaceans) the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. However, they prefer cooler temperate and polar regions. Although sometimes spotted in deep water, coastal areas are generally preferred to pelagic environments. The killer whale is particularly highly concentrated in the northeast Pacific Basin, where Canada curves into Alaska as well as the Johnstone Strait area and Washington state. They are making a bigger presence in California too. There are also large populations off the coast of Iceland and off the coast of northern Norway. They are regularly sighted in Argentina and the Antarctic waters right up to the ice pack and are believed to venture under the pack and survive breathing in air pockets like the beluga does. In the Arctic, however, the species is rarely seen in winter, as it does not approach the ice pack. It does visit these waters during summer.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-19 17:13]

Wow, Everton, very special indeed!
I go down to Monterey quite often, since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, only about 1.5 hour away.
But in all my years here, I have never seen an Orca in those waters, now have I known anyone who has seen one.
Congratulations on capturing this wonderful animal. You were very lucky!
TFS. : )

hello Everton

my first dog's name that died this year the 13th april
was Orca Celtick, since that day of (winter 1998)
i decide to give my dog's name Orca Celtick
i always loved the Killer whale ORCA

lucky you are Everton to see and shoot in photo
an Orca the Killer whale on the wild, with very fine
POV, DOF and framing, fine focus on it with excellent
sharpness and details, in souvenir of Celtick
i am adding your Orca photo in my favorites,



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-20 1:07]

Hello Everton
Nice shot, I like it.

What a lovely shot, Everton!
I'm glad you posted it, despite ur reservations!
Very well done!

Hello Everton,
Cool shot,
I'm happy for you that you got a chance to see this magnificent creature.
well done.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-07-29 13:32]

Hello Everton

Linda foto com otimos detalhes, as cores são bem harmonicas e a luminosidade esta excelente. Este animal é muito facinante e belo.
Excelente foto

hello Everton,
During recent months, I went to out of city for scientific meeting and field trips. So, I have always not enough time for internet. nice to see your posts again.
This is a great shot of famous Orca. it is fantastic capture. dorsal fin of the orca visible very well. focus, POV, composition very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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