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.

Orca

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Orca

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Queen Charolette Strait

A lone male Orca pass through Queen Charolette Strait in Britsh Columbia, his pod is not too far behind. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Orca

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Kelsey

The Ocean Futures Expedition team spent time filming in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, the home of "Kelsey", also know as "A24". She is the matriarch of the A-4 pod. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

"Call of the Killer Whale" Expedition Team and Scientists

Call of the Killer Whale Expedition Team and Scientists

The Cousteau team has been on expeditions almost continuously for the past sixty years. Team members have come and gone and many have come back continuously for the next adventure. This list represents those team members who have been a part of the past, the present and may well be a part of future expeditions. Call of the Killer Whale aired on PBS in April 2009.

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!

The Ocean Futures Expedition team spent time filming in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, the home of "Kelsey", also know as "A24". She is the matriarch of the A-4 pod. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

A lone male Orca pass through Queen Charolette Strait in Britsh Columbia, his pod is not too far behind. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

British Columbia Orca. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sea birds take advantage of the Orcas' lunch and feed on the livers on stingrays. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Success! A seabird finds its meal, fresh stingray liver! © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

An Orca tail slap of the coast of New Zealand. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

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

Call of the Killer Whale

Locations

Location 2
United States
77° 0' 0" N, 77° 0' 0" E
Norway
68° 33' 1.08" N, 16° 12' 36.324" E
New Zealand
35° 22' 15.888" S, 174° 20' 11.796" E
Norway
69° 11' 33.072" N, 16° 53' 54.6" E
Canada
50° 17' 31.884" N, 126° 21' 0.9" W

In the 2008 Call of the Killer Whale expedition the Ocean Futures Society team traveled to New Zealand, Norway, British Columbia and California to learn more about our counterparts in the sea.

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