Call of the Killer Whale

The most complex marine species on the planet, our counterparts in the sea, are the orca, the ruler of the ocean. They are the most widely distributed marine mammal in the world. Their realm extends from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Orcas, also called killer whales, number fewer than 100,000 worldwide, and learning more about them is a global endeavor for Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of explorers, who travel to both the northern and southern hemispheres as they seek out killer whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Cross Country

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

Jean-Michel and Fabien

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

Jean-Michel and Rakey

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

Teamwork

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

Company

(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

Evening

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

Bond

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

Evening

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

Little Hula

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

Measurements

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

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