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Pics of Orca playing in the wake of yacht
Redondo Beach through the Lens ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jim Caldwell

Posted on 09/18/2012 8:56:49 AM PDT by jwsea55

Extraordinary pictures of orca surfing the wake of a boat off the coast of Mexico show the marine mammals playing in jet bubbles and chasing down a yacht.

A fishing company from Loreto, Mexico, runs charters off the Baja Coast. Cast ‘n Reel owner Ashley Ross said it was “magical” to be able to snap the shots they did about a month ago.

“As far as we know this is the first time orcas have surfed the wake of a boat here in Loreto.

“They never played so closely to us. They usually keep their distance until we turn the engines off. Then they circle the boat and even swim underneath,” she said.

“The Orcas that we find here are magical. To see them so happy in their natural state is priceless.”

(Excerpt) Read more at redondobeachca.wordpress.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: baja; killerwhale; loreto; orca
These are some pretty amazing pics!
1 posted on 09/18/2012 8:56:53 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55; Sidebar Moderator
Luxury yacht sinks off coast of St. Tropez France Sidebar Moderator reported missing. I'm just hoping everyone stays safe.

/johnny

2 posted on 09/18/2012 9:02:29 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jwsea55

“These are some pretty amazing pics!”

Unless you’re a seal!


3 posted on 09/18/2012 9:07:17 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
That made me laugh loud enough to scare the catz.

/johnny

4 posted on 09/18/2012 9:08:54 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jwsea55

Sure, it’s all fun and games, until Shamu decides it’s meal time and he wants some leg of man.


5 posted on 09/18/2012 9:09:36 AM PDT by lurk
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To: JRandomFreeper

My second close call. Whew! I’m ok, though. Thanks for asking. ;-)


6 posted on 09/18/2012 9:10:06 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder; lurk
Not sure if you guys have seen this one but would not want to be this Killer's Whale's toy seal

that one is just aweful.

7 posted on 09/18/2012 9:14:34 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: Sidebar Moderator; JRandomFreeper; I Am Not A Mod

But, where have you guys been hiding “I am not a Mod”?
We need proof of life!


8 posted on 09/18/2012 9:16:52 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: jwsea55

I once went fishing at this exact location. In a small little fishing boat, not much longer than this orca. I had no idea these guys were out there swimming around!


9 posted on 09/18/2012 9:18:25 AM PDT by NewMexLurker
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To: jwsea55

They don’t call them Playful Whales or Fun-Loving Whales. They call them Killer Whales for a reason.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 9:25:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Darksheare

“Hello there”, replies I am not a Mod, standing limply in between two mods, who seem to be propping him up, Weekend at Bernie’s style. ;-)


11 posted on 09/18/2012 9:25:35 AM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod

Ack!
Nooooooooo!


12 posted on 09/18/2012 9:26:25 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Well, I guess it could easily have been worse.
13 posted on 09/18/2012 9:30:27 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: jwsea55

Thanks for sharing!


14 posted on 09/18/2012 9:30:30 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Darksheare

lol


15 posted on 09/18/2012 9:31:44 AM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod

I’m afraid that all I have to hand over is my coffee.
And that would be a bad idea.
No telling what would happen if anyone actually drank that stuff.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 9:35:28 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: I Am Not A Mod; Lead Moderator

Ok, that’s enough fun, back in the closet you go! Hey, Lead Mod? Wanna give me a hand here?


17 posted on 09/18/2012 9:35:28 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Uh oh.
“Lead” has been invoked!
*Strange Lovecraftian chanting is heard from somewhere, until someone shuts off the TV showing “The Voice”*


18 posted on 09/18/2012 9:39:45 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: blueunicorn6
They call them Killer Whales for a reason.

Everything that eats kills SOMETHING!

19 posted on 09/18/2012 10:25:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: jwsea55

bkmk


20 posted on 09/18/2012 10:49:43 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: jwsea55

Back in July, I was salmon fishing out of Juneau and we had a similar experience when an orca breached right next to our boat. Holy you know what. An amazing sight. They are the ocean’s apex predator and eat great white sharks for lunch.


21 posted on 09/18/2012 1:04:44 PM PDT by Mpatl
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To: Mpatl
Back in July, I was salmon fishing out of Juneau and we had a similar experience when an orca breached right next to our boat. Holy you know what. An amazing sight. They are the ocean’s apex predator and eat great white sharks for lunch.

I can only imagine. Do you have pics? If so, I hope you will post.

You mean to say these guys eat meat? I thought the prior posts were joking about that. I was hoping that these might make a good pet. I have a big bath tub. Say it isn't so. :-)

22 posted on 09/18/2012 2:48:27 PM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55

No photos. It happened so quickly and was such an amazing sight. I did manage to film his next breach which was about 250 hundred yards from our boat, but you can barely tell on my smartphone. You really have to be looking for it. There was a lot of nervous laughter, and I recall stealing the line from Jaws, “I think we are going to need a bigger boat.” Even the seasoned captain, said that what happened is very rare and she had been fishing these waters for two decades.


23 posted on 09/19/2012 7:11:48 AM PDT by Mpatl
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To: jwsea55

They live on meat. Primarily salmon, but they need a whole bunch daily to sustain themselves. They are extremely smart and hunt and live in pods. They teach each other and our truly incredible creatures. I learned a lot about them on my trip. You can google killer whale vs. great white and find some unreal footage by a marine biologist off of Northern California.


24 posted on 09/19/2012 7:15:40 AM PDT by Mpatl
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To: Fred Nerks

I know you’d like these.


25 posted on 09/19/2012 12:31:05 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: jwsea55
"You mean to say these guys eat meat?"

Are you kidding?

26 posted on 09/19/2012 12:38:19 PM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: Mpatl
No photos. It happened so quickly and was such an amazing sight. I did manage to film his next breach which was about 250 hundred yards from our boat, but you can barely tell on my smartphone. You really have to be looking for it. There was a lot of nervous laughter, and I recall stealing the line from Jaws, “I think we are going to need a bigger boat.” Even the seasoned captain, said that what happened is very rare and she had been fishing these waters for two decades.

Thanks. Would have been great to get those pics. I was talking to one of the guys in our building who used to do marine biology stuff that was hoping to see pics. You really got to see something quite rare.

27 posted on 09/19/2012 3:09:38 PM PDT by jwsea55
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To: Osage Orange
"You mean to say these guys eat meat?"

Are you kidding?

I don't know, they look so cute and friendly. Hard to imagine them ever doing anything so violent as eating another living thing. Killer's Whale's toy seal per pervious post. :-\)

28 posted on 09/19/2012 4:03:55 PM PDT by jwsea55
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To: Mpatl
You can google killer whale vs. great white and find some unreal footage by a marine biologist off of Northern California.

Thanks for the mention. Cool.

From UC Santa Cruz paper:
...calculated that an adult female, weighing approximately two tons, would need more than 190,000 kilocalories per day; a 4.5-ton male would need 290,000 kilocalories per day.

Now I would not get excited about eating the same meal three times in one week. Maybe an otter to a KW is like chicken tender to us. More from the CAL paper:

...Adult sea otters weigh between 50 and 75 pounds, which represents, on average, 50,000 kilocalories. Depending on its size and the size of its prey, an adult killer whale could satisfy its appetite by gobbling up between 3 and 7 sea otters a day--or 1,095 to 2,555 otters per year. Williams estimated that the decline of sea otter numbers in the 1990s in the Aleutian Islands corresponded to the loss of approximately 10,000 adults per year. An average pod of killer whales (one adult male and four to five adult females) with a single-minded appetite could easily eliminate that many otters.

Thanks for bring those things up.

29 posted on 09/19/2012 4:33:16 PM PDT by jwsea55
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