Orca season begins!

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October comes to the end, which means that all big animal divers switch focus from Mexico, where great white shark season comes to the end, to Norway, where the orca season begins.

Despite killer whales are present in all oceans around the globe, Norway keeps the name of world capital of orca snorkeling. When I first time visited Lofoten islands in 2013 onboard Sula, it was kind of exotic travel destination. Today, plenty of companies offer this programme. Is it good or bad? Time will tell.

So, I decided to join the trend and show you the video from our February’s adventure with Northern Explorers. There are moments when DLSR refuses to focus underwater because of the lack of light, so GoPro is the only way to record what’s happening. Murphy’s Law still works perfectly, so those failures usually happen in during the most exciting moments, when orca comes close to you, look eye-in-the-eye, circles around, test you with the clicks. These special moments you can find in this video. Enjoy.

P.S. Orca snorkeling gifts you with one of the most exciting and emotional moments in lifetime. I will definitely come back to Norway, and I can strongly recommend it to everyone who haven’t tried it yet.

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Herring killers

Herring killers

Orcas have been given a name of Killer whales, but this is a translation mistake. Spanish fishermen called them asesino ballenas, which means killer of whales, but not killer whale. Nevertheless, killer whale sounds right, so whale killers became killer whales. As we know, Norwegian resident orcas feed mostly on herring, not killing any whales, so we could better call them herring killers, or, if you want, even killer herrings.

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For whom the ravens circle

For whom the ravens circle

How to find hunting orcas? The best sign you can spot is the flock of birds circling over the surface. This means that under the surface the feast takes place. Sea birds predate on fish, just the same as underwater predators, including local orcas. Birds differ from one place to another – you can find gannets in South Africa, fregates in Mexico. In Norway it’s very simple – local bird are seagulls.