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Marineland – Niagara Falls, Ontario

The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species.3 Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture.4

The IUCN currently assesses the orca’s conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that one or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with fisheries. In late 2005, the killer whales known as the “southern resident killer whales” were placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list.

Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans,5 although there have been cases of captives killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks. Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures. In Western cultures, it has had a reputation for being a fearsome predator.


breach, captive, killer whale, marineland, orca


  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillalmost 4 years ago

    That’s quite the beautiful capture Sean. Great timing on this one and well composed!

  • Thanks Francine…luck played a part in getting this one lol

    – Sean McConnery

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    WOW! Great action shot my friend.Well done….Tom

  • Thank you Tom, much appreciated.

    – Sean McConnery

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 4 years ago

    Awesome air time Sean!

  • Thanks Pam.

    – Sean McConnery

  • Carol2
    Carol2almost 4 years ago

    WOW!! beautiful action capture and timing, Sean!!

  • Thank you Carol.

    – Sean McConnery

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBluealmost 4 years ago

    Great timing and stop action work. I would love to see one in the wild :))

  • Thank you.
    I would love to see them in the wild too….one of these days! :-)

    – Sean McConnery

  • S .
    S .almost 4 years ago

    great capture.. nice timing on this

  • Thank you very much.

    – Sean McConnery

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant timing

  • Thank you very much for the feature. Greatly appreciated :-)

    – Sean McConnery

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Talk about Stopping Motion, Excellent Indeed…..Laura ……. Great Feature……Congratulations, Well Deserved

  • Thanks for the kind words Laura, always appreciated :-)

    – Sean McConnery

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 3 years ago

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