From the San Francisco Surf Company
In a New Zealand surf location called Sandy Bay, photographer Michael Cunningham was in the ocean body surfing when he noticed a large fin measuring over three feet tall heading towards him and other surfers. “I didn’t have anything to sit on and with most of my body under the water, it felt a bit freaky,” said Cunningham.
The fin belonged to an orca whale. While other surfers remained in the water, Cunningham headed back to land. On the way in, Cunningham noticed the orcas were catching waves behind him. “They knew what they were doing and pulled out before getting into trouble,” said Cunningham. “They looked like they’d done it before.” Combining his photographic efforts with Tim Rainger, their camera lenses captured an absolute gem showcasing nature’s never-ceasing beauty.
Learn more about wild versus captive orcas at the annual Ways of Whales Workshop tomorrow (Saturday 1/28/12) on Whidbey Island, Wa. (There are few spaces left, call before going!).
More information and online registration can be found at www.orcanetwork.org , by contacting Orca Network at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 360-678-3451.