DPG is a comprehensive underwater photography website and community for underwater photographers. Learn underwater photography techniques for popular digital cameras and specialized professional underwater equipment (wide angle, macro, super macro, lighting and work flow). Read latest news, explore travel destinations for underwater photography. Galleries of professional and amateur underwater photography including wrecks, coral reefs, undersea creatures, fashion and surfing photography.
Dive Photo Guide


Bigg's Killer Whale: the Mammal Eater
By Hergen Spalink, November 26, 2012 @ 10:11 AM (EST)
Source: AP

John K.B. Ford from the Pacific Biological Station, operated by the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans states that there is possibly a separate species of Killer Whale, distinct from the resident pods that feed on fish.

Mr. Ford is basing the claim on evidence gathered over the years since the hypothesis was put forward by Michael Andrew Bigg, after whom they wish to name the new species.

The Bigg's Killer Whale, as many scientific papers are beginning to refer to them as, first appeared to be merely "outcasts & transients" from the resident pods.  They also seemed to prefer eating harbor seals and sea lions, as well as the occasional grey whale.

Over time it also became evident that these transients do not interbreed with resident populations.  The next step is genetic testing of the samples gathered to determine how close the variatiants really are.

To read more about Ford, Biggs, and the research, read the original AP article.



Fantasea FG7X II
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
I-DiveSite Venom 35s
SeaLife DC2000
Be the first to add a comment to this article.
You must be logged in to comment.
Support Our Sponsors
Travel with us

Featured Photographer

Follow Us