Killer Whales

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 13 Comments

A pair of killer whales, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

A pair of killer whales, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I can be difficult to catch these guys as the break the surface and “blow”, but that task was made much easier here thanks to the nice clear water – we could actually see them underwater getting ready to surface!  This was from my trip into Kenai Fjords National Park a couple of weeks ago.  Some people might be surprised to learn that killer whales are actually a member of the dolphin family.

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  1. I am glad to hear that you were safe taking this picture for me to enjoy-I welcome your photos of excellence-

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    Thanks a lot everyone!

    @ Richard – I usually use the 100-400 because you never know where they will come up, and it isn’t uncommon to have them close. It is the one time I really like that lens.

  3. This is fantastic! they are such beautiful animals with their stark contrast between black and white, and there is something so elegant when they surface and you watch those tall dorsal fins arch through the air and back into the sea. I saw my first wild orca’s a few weeks ago, and it was easy to realize why they were held so highly by First Nation’s of the Pacific Northwest.

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    Pat – I tried to post a comment on your blog, but my open id credentials or something like that weren’t excepted whatever that means.

  6. Picture is stunningly beautiful…I am envoius of all that you have seen and experienced. Lived here my whole life, and seeing your pictures shows me how much of my home state I have missed in a lifetime.

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    Thanks Charla! Alaska is so huge – I’m very blessed to have seen a lot of it, but I have hardly scratched to surface. Thanks!

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