Call of the Killer Whale

Expeditions:Call of the Killer Whale Gallery

British Columbia, New Zealand and Norway

The Ocean Futures Society Team traveled across the globe on expedition for Call of the Killer Whale. Please click on the thumbnails to begin the slide show and be sure to visit all three galleries!

Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Ingrid Visser arrive at the Orca Stranding site on Whatipu Beach, Auckland's remote west coast. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel pauses for a picture with "Rakey", the stranded Orca. It is thought that "Rakey" stranded while attempting to feed on stingrays in the shallow waters. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and Ingrid Visser calm the stranded juvenile orca. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau braves the high winds and cold temperature to assist with the orca rescue, led by Dr. Ingrid Visser. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau assists in taking measurements. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

The team prepare to move the juvenile orca onto a flat bed trailer which they will use to transport her to calmer waters. © Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel, Dr. Ingrid Visser and Director of Photography Matthew Ferraro arrive with "Rakey" at Little Hula where they will help keep the orca calm until morning when they can release her back into the water. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

"Rakey" is transported to a facility that has running water for the evening. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Jean-Michel Cousteau and team take turn keeping the orca moist. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

After braving the high winds and rough surf conditions Matthew Ferraro and Jean-Michel Cousteau formed a bond with the stranded orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

(L-R) Director of Photography Matthew Ferraro, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Marine Operations Nathan Dembeck and Fabien Cousteau keep the young orca company. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Jean-Michel and Fabien Cousteau comfort the orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Jean-Michel Cousteau with "Rakey". © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

The Ocean Futures Team helps to keep "Rakey" moist and comfortable during the night. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Dr. Ingrid Visser takes "Rakey's" vitals in preparation for her long journey to where she will be released the following morning. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Dr. Ingrid Visser and Holly Lohuis sit with "Rakey" during her 90 minute journey cross country. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Hundred's of well wishers gathered at the harbor for "Rakey's" release. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Dr. Ingrid Visser, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis offer boat support during the release. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

The team is excited to find "Rakey" in the Auckalnd harbor the next afternoon. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

After weeks of looking for Orca in Norway, the team was finally rewarded with a brief encounter with a pod of orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED