Naturally, the marine mammal are not famous for being playful creatures, excepting dolphins who tend to act ‘childish,’ almost all the time.
However, this wildlife photographer managed to capture a baby orca that looked so happy as it has won the lottery. And the stunning images he captured will prove you this orca might be the happiest animal on Earth.
The excited young calf, named J50 by the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), was spotted swimming with her family in the Salish Sea near British Columbia.
Photographer Clint Rivers captured an incredibly stunning image of her with her family in the waters between San Juan Island and Vancouver Island over Independence Day weekend.
It had been almost three years since the last successful birth for this population. Despite protection in both the U.S. and Canada, they have yet to recover from the trauma of captures that took place decades ago, and their survival continues to hang in the balance.
Michael Harris, executive director of PWWA, told Global News of the world’s happiest baby orca, “Her energy is astounding –- I guess not unlike my small kids. She’s constantly leaping into the air, and often curling up and doing belly flops.”
Clint Rivers captures the incredible photos while observing a orcas family in the waters between San Juan Island and Vancouver Island. The group is part of the Southern Resident Orca, an endangered species. Therefore, this family is part of a programme meant to help their conservation in the area.
Regarding this particularly individual, a female, Michael Harris, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, told Global News that “her energy is astounding –- I guess not unlike my small kids. She’s constantly leaping into the air, and often curling up and doing belly flops.”
Therefore, given the organization’s desperate efforts to protect this critically endangered species, to see a young orca acting on this manner it can only be overjoyed. There was nothing to ever represent better the meaning of the ‘wild and free’ say.
Seeing J50 thriving and experiencing the joy of being wild and free with her family isn’t just heartmelting, it’s really good news for these orcas.
These recent photos were captured in the Salish Sea earlier this month by photographer Clint Rivers.
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