"Dolphins With The Fancy Paint Job!"
🔵Maestro's Notes: Starting off a hectic day with yet another beautiful interaction filmed on location off the Coast of San Diego, California courtesy of Passionate Cetacean Conservationist, Landscape and Aerial Photographer and Videographer, Domenic Biagini @dolphindronedom - Can you even imagine experiencing something like this? Would you be afraid or excited? I hope you would be filled with joy as there is nothing to fear from these beautiful animals as people. I can still hear the exhalation from these majestic creatures being all around me. It makes for the most beautiful dreams...
Killer whales are found in all the world's oceans. They are arguably the most popular and closely-watched whales in the world. Those living along North America are the best studied, with those living around Washington state and British Columbia having been closely monitored for more than 30 years. Populations of killer whales are healthy and stable but counting them is difficult. However, the Southern Resident Killer Whales of British Columbia are on a decline. There are believed to be 30,000 to 80,000 of them worldwide. The populations of some of the prey that killer whales feed one is not so stable. In some places the numbers of salmon and seals that they feed on have dramatically declined.
Killer whales sleep five to eight hours a day, either drifting on the surface, where they can breath, or taking in lungs full of oxygen, and diving to the seabed and settling down there. Killer whales are frequently observed breaching (leaping out of the water), slapping their flippers on the water, spy-hopping (lifting their heads and front flippers out of the water and looking around), doing side rolls, and lobtailing (lifting their flukes high and whacking them down hard on the water). Spyhopping is fairly common. Killer whales do it survey their surroundings. They often do it when tourist boats approach so they can get a look at the boat and see who is on it. And this is what they are doing in this beautiful moment.
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