In this paper the north Atlantic populations are studied as a whole including Icelandic/Norway/Hebrides/Shetland/Greenland/Gibralta and North Sea.
The Hebrides population (West Coast Community) and the Gibraltar population are noted in this paper to be the smallest populations (critically small). These are the only two population that showed the greatest difference in eye patches to the rest of the North Atlantic.
Otherwise it was determined there was no way to identify different matriarch lines or even populations in the North Atlantic by their eye patch or saddle (bar the Hebrides community). Which is different to the populations in the North Pacific where 90% of transients have a smooth saddle patch vs the fish eating populations where there is a wide variation.
This is why I find the posts on captive orca saying ‘oh X looks so much like X!’ to be so very confusing.
So I did something I never thought I’d be able to do…I went to Marineland, with the specific purpose to make a video asking trainers and workers questions to hear their false answers. It couldn’t have worked more perfectly and I now have ten minutes of video footage of workers telling me incorrect facts about the animals or how they just clearly “don’t know.” It’s really sad.
My question is, should I blur out their faces somehow? And if I should, what program should I use to do that? I have a mac with iMovie and that’s what I was planning on using for the editing. Is there anything else you guys think I should be aware of before posting this lengthy video?
Photo and caption by Isabelle Dupre
Back flip of a wild orca (Orcinus orca) in the waters off Norway. This young female did the same breach three times close to our boat. I have never ever seen a breach like that from a wild orca. I cannot recall any picture taken of such a breach in the wild. The second time she breached, I was able to capture the reflection of the female on the still water of the sea which was like a mirror. It is one of my best memories in my photographing experience.
Location: Norway - Vesteralen Islands - Offshore