Killer whale, or orca, (Orcinus orca) at the surface. The orca is an intelligent, social animal that lives in groups (pods) of up to 40 individuals. It is carnivorous, and feeds on a wide variety of animals, including fish, squid, birds and other marine mammals (such as seals and whales). It tends to hunt in a pack, sometimes displaying advanced strategies and forward planning. The orca is distributed throughout the world's seas, but seems to prefer cooler coastal waters. An adult male may reach up to nine metres in length. Despite its name it is not a whale, instead being a large dolphin. Photographed off Tysfjord, Norway.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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