Featured Image Credit: Jean-Pierre Sylvestre
By Sarah Sharkey
One lucky group of passengers aboard a boat heading from Antarctica to South America encountered a pod of orcas. A sighting of orcas would make anyone’s trip a better one, but these were type D killer whales. The most elusive of the orcas that we all know and love.
One well equipped passenger had the quick thinking to submerge a camera into the icy water. The video they captured was the first ever of these orcas underneath the waves.
Why are there so many unknown questions to these mysterious orcas? According to specialists, it is nearly impossible to plan a trip around finding these animals. One reason is that there aren’t that many, but their habitat range is huge. The other reason is that these killer whales enjoy living their lives in areas with high winds and rough seas which makes it hard for even the most determined research vessel to study them.
Hopefully this new footage will shed some light on these amazing creatures.
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