…and this is why I have to stop and think for a minute when people ask me how I tell orcas apart… Like, how do you tell your friends apart? They look and act completely different.
The diversity of face shapes.
Some have very pronounced rostrums, some have squishy rounded ones. Some have just a gentle slope from the melon.
Some have long, narrow jaws, others have big square ones.
Some have underbites, some have overbites. Some take it to extremes, like Charlie Chin.
I don’t know, it’s just something that makes me happy thinking about it. It’s fascinating that a species can be as visually distinct from one another as we can.
It’s so accurate though.
A butterfly lands on the nose of Hugo the killer whale. Seaquarium, Miami, Florida - June 1970
Photo: Alan Band/ox Photos/Getty
Rest in peace, big guy.
Footage of an orca who is lacking both a pectoral and dorsal fin. It is not known if it was injured by a shark, another orca, or something else. Originally posted here.
seriously so insane. she’s a survivor!
Wow, what an amazing lady! I’d wish her luck but it looks like she’s doing fine. Awesome.
Orca attack at Punta Norte by Björn Kleemann
Image copyright Cameron Sullivan.
Image copyright David Taylor.