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.

New Zealand Orca

Tail Slap. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

New Zealand Orca

New Zealand Orca mainly feed on stingrays. Here an orca shares the meal. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

New Zealand Orca

New Zealand Orca surface. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Salmon

Adult Salmon. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

New Zealand Orca

New Zealand Orca surface. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Sea Lice

Older sea lice on salmon fry. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Jean-Michel and Alexandra

Jean-Michel Cousteau and Alexandra Morton point to salmon fry with sea lice. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Cosmos

"Cosmos", otherwise known as C17 from the C1 pod, slaps his tail. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Salmon Farm

An areial view of the Glacier Falls fish farm. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Diving the Farm

OFS's team marine biologist Holly Lohuis dives the Glacier Falls fish farm. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

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