Orcas are an apex predator meaning that in their ecosystem they are at the very top of the food chain. Even great whites live in fear of these gorgeous but deadly animals.
That being said they are very vulnerable to the very ecosystems they reign, potentially succumbing to stored toxins brought up through the food chain or even the loss of their food supply could spell the end of a specialised subspecies.
In in the food rich waters waters of the Norwegian fjords these resident orcas only eat the herring migrating from the North sea’s arctic winter. Other fish species, sea mammals, sea birds and even underwater photographers can swim along side the orcas in safety, … that is unless we take all the herring then who knows.
Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Apex Predator’, 1/1000s f/3.5 ISO800 200mm