I thought this minuscule flounder was pretty cool in its own right, but looking back at the image on a big screen I realised it has some sort of parasite riding
on its face! Life's tough in the benthos.
Location: Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Nadi Gajo Rivera
RepostBy @discoverocean: "🐳WORTH THE WATCH🐳
Did you know, orcas can fly? This wild orca caught some air while hunting a sea lion in the San Juan Islands. A video and caption repost from @set_seaworld_orcas_free below⬇️
Now THIS is a killer whale show! A mother killer whale and calf were caught on camera chasing a sea lion off the San Juan Islands, in Washington State. Traci Walter operates whale-watching tours in the region – and her tour group was treated to an amazing spectacle as the mother orca taught her calf to hunt.
According to Traci Walter, this specific group of killer whales are known as the T123s. The family includes a 32 year old mother called T123 "Sidney", her 17 tear old son T123A "Stanley", and her five year old daughter T123C "Lucky". -
Transient killer whale travel around silently in small groups. This perhaps enables them to listen intently, lessen their presence in the water, and sneak up on their prey. The prey Transients are after have well developed skills of their own and are difficult and unwilling victims. -
In this video, the orcas were hunting the world's largest sea lion - a Steller sea lion. These sea lions can weigh a staggering 2,600 pounds and reach up to 9 feet in length. "They did not kill and consume the sea lion but perhaps used it as a teaching opportunity for the younger calf who was right in the action for a good part of it," Walter said. The giant sea lions are found off northern Pacific coasts and hunt fish, squid, octopus and occasionally even smaller seals.
Video: Traci Walter with Western Prince Whale Watching
// never know what interesting creatures you may come across.. That's what continuously pulls me back into the water. Stoked on our short shore dive with @mermaid_kayleigh @kokocousteau @kelhound and @reefhunter
Seahorses abound in the waters of the Swan River estuary and Cockburn Sound. Normally as you approach a sea horse it turns away from you and tries to hide behind whatever it is attached to. This orange sea horse was standing proudly above an old jetty pylon and as I approached it actually turned towards me, allowing time to get a magnificent portrait of its head and face.
Did an early morning shoot about a month ago and finally got round to editing it on the plane heading overseas. Finally quit my day job to focus on photography just before I left so super stoked to do a whole lot more of this when I get home.