13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Three orcas in Chatham Strait

A pod of orcas (killer whales) approached the boat, moving under and around us for a few minutes. Orcas are fairly elusive in S.E. Alaska so to have them actually approach and display playful behavior was quite a treat. A common misconception is that they are members of the whale family. They are, in fact, the largest mammal in the dolphin family.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2014
Date Uploaded: 08.2015
Photo Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: X-T1
Copyright: © Larisa Manewal