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I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of the southern resident orcas when a new baby was born. It was truly unique, I doubt I will ever wit.

Have a joyful Monday everyone! #Orcas beginning to leave Fjords, Norway. Scientists counted over 1k orcas and 100 humpback whales in the last few weeks! PC: Cristina Mittermeier #mondaymotivation #mondaymorning

Have a joyful Monday everyone! beginning to leave Fjords, Norway. Scientists counted over orcas and 100 humpback whales in the last few weeks!

is a Shark a mammal or fish? That is the question that is perhaps most commonly asked when talking about sharks. Since sharks give birth to pups, and a few species lay eggs, the common consensus is that sharks are mammals.  Across the board, though, 70% of all sharks give birth, while the remaining 30% lay eggs. Sharks are actually fish, which is sure to be a surprise to many.

Types of Sharks: a Mammal or Fish? About Facts and Other Interesting Questions

Orcas - Within each pod, families form into sub-pods centered around older females, usually grandmothers or great-grandmothers. Both male and female offspring remain in close association with their mothers for life. - Center for Whale Research

Center for Whale Research - Orca Whales San Juan Island, WA - my favorite pod of orcas.

Orca Calling by Wyland - Killer Whale Jumping Out of Ocean

Orca Calling by Wyland - Killer Whale Jumping Out of Ocean

M009/C159 Razor close to the shore of Marion Island in May 2014. Razor,along with 8 orcas,frequents both the waters of Marion Island and of the Crozet Islands. Photo by Fred Fourie

Razor close to the shore of Marion Island in May Razor,along with 8 orcas,frequents both the waters of Marion Island and of the Crozet Islands.

Killer whales are substantial, stocky animals that have a vast dorsal blade, with the highly contrasting markings. Have subtle Killer Whale Pictures here.

expressions-of-nature: “Melisa Pinnow ” Mike is an adult male Southern Resident orca who was born in

Jetplane in Black and White

volk-morya: “ by Nicola From the photographer: A female orca, teaching her calf to hunt, showed off the power of the orca by throwing a porpoise in the air as she leaped from the water.

A historic moment, an Orca carries her dead calf. A young female Orca will carry her dead calf in her jaws for a week before she releases it to express her grieving. Grief is normal

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