The mighty sea covers more than 70% of the earth’s total surface area. And it is the home for the most of world’s largest animals. It is widely known that whales are the largest group of animals in the animal kingdom. More than 40 different whale species live beneath the waters, only coming to the surface to breathe. The more we discover whales, the more complicated they appear to be. Scientists have found that their massive brains have a built-in heating system to guarantee that they work correctly in frigid seas. It is also discovered that whales make a diverse range of sounds depending on where they are in the world.
Orcas are one of the most beautiful and fiercest species among whales. Photographer Mary Parkhill who is passionate about whales has beautifully captured orcas during the golden sunset. See her amazing photographs below.
Most of us enjoy seeing the sunset into the sea with its golden glow bursting off the horizon. It’s known as the golden hours in photography, and it’s ideal for any outdoor photography event. The photographer has chosen that window for her orca shooting making the photographs breathtaking and unique.
Ancient sailors observed groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species, earning them the label ‘killer whale’. Orcas were known as asesina ballenas, or ‘whale killers,’ a phrase that was subsequently shortened to ‘killer whale.’ Orcas’ Latin name, Orcinus orca, refers to their feeding on huge whales.
Orcas are distinguished by their long dorsal fin (back fin) and black-and-white colour. A patch of grey just behind the dorsal fin is known as a “saddle” because it resembles a riding saddle. The body of an orca is cylindrical, tapering at each end to provide a hydrodynamic shape. The orca’s form, combined with its size and power, makes it one of the fastest marine mammals.
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