22 May 2013
Disabled Orca Helped By Family
A young orca with no dorsal fin or right pectoral fin (flipper) is surviving in the wild thanks to the compassion and care shown to him by members of his family.
The disabled orca was spotted by an underwater photographer off the coast of South Africa.
Because of his disability he isn't able to hunt successfully himself. But, far from leaving him to fend for himself, the orca's pod have been hunting and sharing their food with him. The fact that he is alive and seems to be healthy shows that they are looking after him very well!
It's a great example of how orca families are so closely bonded, and how they care and look out for one another. The wild is where they belong, with their family and friends.
Take a look at some amazing photos of the orca and his pod.