Amazing Animals

By Kristiana Hall

A killer whale breached right next to a group of kayakers, surfacing to have a good look at the surprised visitors.

Popping his head up, the orca’s breach – where he jumps from the water, and surfaces – appears to stun the onlookers as he lands in close proximity.

Mark Mallenson, who caught the shot whilst he was skipper of the kayakers exploring the waters around San Juan Island said, “I have been guiding and skippering rigid inflatable boats for Prince of Whales since 1997 and have been their lead skipper for the past 20 years.

“It was amazing to see the whale breach as I also work as a research assistant for the Center for Whale Research in San Juan Island and do contract work for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which involves helping catalogue the killer whales of the Salish Sea.”