World Wildlife Fund Good Nature Travel


Top Shot: Hidden Alaska

  • Date: 17 December 2010
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, WWF Travel Manager
While cruising through Kenai Fjords National Park, we came upon a pod of orcas in a cove. Our boat cut its engine as soon as we saw them, and we just floated there watching them. One curious orca spyhopped to check us out, then made a beeline for our boat. It was so surreal, the way it’s dorsal fin sliced the water as it headed toward us!
“I thought the orca would pass underneath the vessel, but instead, about six feet from the boat it breached! This killer whale was so close that I couldn’t zoom out enough with my camera lens, and this was best the shot I got. When it splashed down, we all got soaked. Luckily, my camera fared well.”