First footage captured of rare ‘Type D’ orcas
January 9, 2015|
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As they were tracking a Nigerian poaching vessel through the South Indian Ocean on Boxing Day last year, Australian conservationists aboard the SSS Bob Barker saw something pretty incredible – a pod of 13 Type D orcas. These orcas are so rare, they’ve only been seen on 13 recorded occasions. This footage is believed to be the first time this type of orca has ever been recorded alive.
“The crew watched in awe as the 13 killer whales, including a small juvenile and a large male, used the six-meter swell to surf across the bow,” chief engineer of the Bob Barker, Erwin Vermeulen, said in a statement. “For almost an hour, the surf-show continued and…
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