A rare and spectacular sighting of the elusive Type D Antarctic orca!
From Sea Shepherd Global:
RARE SIGHTING! Yesterday, while maintaining pursuit of the "Thunder", the crew of The MV Bob Barker was visited by a pod of the very rare, very playful Orcas.
First identified in 1955 after a stranding in New Zealand, this species known as ‘‘Type D” Killer whales was not seen again for almost 50 years! Still today, there remain only a handful of sightings.
The pod of about 12, which included a small juvenile and large male, stayed with the Bob Barker for almost 1 hour, surfing the 6-metre swell.
As the crew of the The MV Sam Simon enters its 3rd day of retrieving the illegal gillnet left behind by the Thunder, this special moment is a poignant reminder of the delicate beauty of Antarctica, and why it’s so important that we continue to Defend * Conserve * Protect this last, great wilderness.