Aussie’s killer whale of a tale

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SWIM­MING with a pod of killer whales is no mean feat.

It’s a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity that award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Dar­ren Jew doesn’t take for granted. He de­scribes it as “mag­i­cal”.

The Aus­tralian elite Canon Master pho­tog­ra­pher took these in­cred­i­ble images within a few me­tres of male and fe­male or­cas on a re­cent ex­pe­di­tion to the fjords in the Sk­jervøy re­gion of north­ern Nor­way.

Jew, whose pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer be­gan in Queens­land, has been to the Nor­we­gian coast three times. He was wear­ing a thick 7mm wet­suit when he free-dived from the sur­face to take pho­tos in Novem­ber this year dur­ing the or­cas’ feed­ing sea­son.

“In Novem­ber, days are get­ting shorter, there are no sun rays, just dawn and dusk. By the end of the month, days are just three hours long and that’s how long you have to shoot.”

“I’m very for­tu­nate, you stick your head out of the wa­ter and see all the whales around you feed­ing, and you have to pinch your­self,” he said.

“It is def­i­nitely worth the dis­com­fort.”

Ma­jes­tic: Some of the images cap­tured by Dar­ren Jew of or­cas off Nor­way.

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