Wild Orcas Live Long Lives

Trio of Wild Orcas in Alaska

Trio of Wild Orcas in Alaska

Wild Orca Pair

Wild Orca Pair

Close-up of Wild Orca

Close-up of Wild Orca

An orca estimated to be 103 years old was spotted returning to the Vancouver/Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest this week.  The matriarch known as “Granny” looked healthy and was seen leading a pod of 25 other family members.  Orcas are known for the strong bonds they form with their offspring, and often stay together for life.  Amazing story!  More info is at:  http://blog.seattlepi.com/bigscience/2014/05/12/oldest-living-orca-granny-visits-nw-over-mothers-day-weekend/#9102105=0&9399107=0&12348103=0&23307101=0   

We took these wild orca pictures when we visited Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, many years ago.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to Wild Orcas Live Long Lives

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I have hung out with the orca pods in this area. Magnificent but I had no idea the matriarchs could live this long!

    • Pam says:

      How wonderful you’ve seen the orca pods! We visited the area once, but didn’t see any whales. Such majestic animals!

  2. Kongo says:

    These are beautiful animals and do not belong in a place like Sea World where they are penned up and kept to perform tricks. We briefly saw a few orcas during our visit to the Galapagos but it was during a bouncy boat ride to the shore and I didn’t have my camera out! Dang.

  3. Crooked Tracks says:

    Such beautiful animals, I agree that they do not belong in places like Sea World.

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