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Oceanic Dolphin Collection

The oceanic dolphin, also known as the killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca), is a majestic creature that captivates both scientists and nature enthusiasts alike

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)

Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)
Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) large pod including calf traveling together while foraging on large schools of Herring (Clupea harengus) in the cold waters of northern Norway, January

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) male named Mel attacking young South American sea lion

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) male named Mel attacking young South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) on beach, Punta Norte, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca whales (Orcinus orca) pod surfacing together, Shetland, Scotland, UK. April

Orca whales (Orcinus orca) pod surfacing together, Shetland, Scotland, UK. April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops adunctus) swim over a coral reef

Pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops adunctus) swim over a coral reef. Sha ab El Erg, Hurghada, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus)

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Corys shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed

Corys shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed, along with Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Azores, Portugal

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the surface at sunrise

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the surface at sunrise. Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising, Sado Estuary, Portugal. October

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising, Sado Estuary, Portugal. October

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) mature male, swimming underwater. Hamn, Senja, Norway

Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) mature male, swimming underwater. Hamn, Senja, Norway, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) calf with fetal lines characteristic

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) calf with fetal lines characteristic of newborn specimens, with pod. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) with South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) in mouth, beaching

Orca (Orcinus orca) with South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) in mouth, beaching itself on shore. Punta Norte, Valdez Peninsula, Argentina. April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) jumping out the water, Shetland, Scotland, UK, January

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) jumping out the water, Shetland, Scotland, UK, January

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing and blowing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing and blowing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) showing underside whilst vertical underwater

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) showing underside whilst vertical underwater, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic, October

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) at surface, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) at surface, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) just below surface, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) just below surface, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) surfacing, South Tenerife, Canary Islands

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) surfacing, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean, July

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) two just below surface, Los Gigantes

Short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) two just below surface, Los Gigantes, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean, July

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Type 1 North-east Atlantic Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Snaefellsnes Peninsua

Type 1 North-east Atlantic Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Snaefellsnes Peninsua, western Iceland, January

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus)

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) tail slapping at sunset, transient race, Vancouver Island

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) tail slapping at sunset, transient race, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, July

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Senja, Troms County, Norway, Scandinavia, January

Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Senja, Troms County, Norway, Scandinavia, January. Cetaceans are attracted to this area to feed on the large numbers of spawning Herring fish

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) with fishing net damage around throat

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) with fishing net damage around throat, Pearl River Estuary, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin ( Sousa chinensis) surfacing, Tai O, Lantau Island

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin ( Sousa chinensis) surfacing, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orcas / Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at surface, Moray Firth, Highlands, Scotland. May

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at surface, Moray Firth, Highlands, Scotland. May

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) approaching with curiosity, Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) approaching with curiosity, Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel. Red Sea

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) beached whilst hunting Sea lion (Otaria flavescens)

Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) beached whilst hunting Sea lion (Otaria flavescens) close to the shore, Punta Norte Nature Reserve, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, Argentina, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Atlantic spotted dolphins, (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site

Atlantic spotted dolphins, (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) underwater

Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) underwater, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada. September

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) juvenile, without spots, porposing

Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) juvenile, without spots, porposing, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Snipe fish

Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Snipe fish (Macroramphosus scolopax) Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: A Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), heavily scarred, possibly from shark attacks

A Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), heavily scarred, possibly from shark attacks, on sand bank off Eleuthera, Bahamas

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: RF - Pod of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) cruise in formation over the sand of

RF - Pod of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) cruise in formation over the sand of a lagoon while sleeping. Egypt. Red Sea (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vavaau, Tonga

Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vavaau, Tonga
Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) small group swimming at depth. Vava u, Tonga, South Pacific

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Pod of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) swimming beneath the surface of the ocean

Pod of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) swimming beneath the surface of the ocean. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) pod hunting Sealion, tossing it out of the sea, Punta Norte, Valdez Peninsula

Orca (Orcinus orca) pod hunting Sealion, tossing it out of the sea, Punta Norte, Valdez Peninsula, Argentina. April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) hunting South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) close to shore

Orca (Orcinus orca) hunting South American sealion (Otaria flavescens) close to shore. Punta Norte, Valdez Peninsula, Argentina. April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) off Nova Scotia, Canada. October

Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) off Nova Scotia, Canada. October

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) underwater playing in the shallows off Eleuthera, Bahamas

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) underwater playing in the shallows off Eleuthera, Bahamas

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Orca (Orcinus orca) surfacing, Shetland, Scotland, UK, August

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) aerial view, Baja California

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) aerial view, Baja California, Mexico

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting inside herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting inside herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) close up of dolphin surfing at speed, Hebrides, Scotland, UK

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) close up of dolphin surfing at speed, Hebrides, Scotland, UK

Background imageOceanic Dolphin Collection: Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the strait of Gibraltar, Spain

Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the strait of Gibraltar, Spain



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The oceanic dolphin, also known as the killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca), is a majestic creature that captivates both scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. With their sleek bodies and striking black and white coloration, these marine mammals are truly a sight to behold. One remarkable behavior of killer whales can be witnessed in the wild, such as when a male named Mel attacks a young South American sea lion. This display of hunting prowess showcases their intelligence and adaptability in capturing prey. In other instances, pods of orcas surface together off the coast of Shetland, Scotland, UK. The synchronized movements of these magnificent creatures create an awe-inspiring spectacle for onlookers lucky enough to witness it firsthand. Another fascinating behavior occurs when killer whale pods hunt together in herring baitballs. These massive gatherings of fish attract hungry orcas who work collaboratively to secure their meal. It's an impressive demonstration of teamwork within this highly social species. Not limited to just killer whales, dolphins from different species also exhibit captivating behaviors. A pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins gracefully swims over a vibrant coral reef, showcasing their agility and affinity for coastal habitats. Meanwhile, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins reveal unique aspects during mating rituals as males extend their penises while swimming near Ogasawara / Bonin Islands in Japan. Such intimate moments shed light on the complex reproductive behaviors exhibited by these intelligent creatures. Traveling across vast open waters is another feat accomplished by orcas; they navigate through Three Kings Islands in New Zealand with ease. Their powerful tails propel them forward effortlessly as they explore new territories and search for food sources. At sunrise, bottlenose dolphins emerge at the water's surface creating enchanting silhouettes against golden hues painted across the sky—a breathtaking scene that reminds us why we cherish our oceans' beauty so deeply. Pilot whales also grace our seas with tender moments between mother and calf.