Chester is the latest permanent resident at the Vancouver Aquarium. He’s a young False Killer Whale who was spotted alone, motherless, podless, injured, and stranded on North Chesterton Beach, British Columbia, a year ago. He was estimated to be between four and six weeks old at that time, and even lacked teeth. When he’s full grown, Chester might measure as much as 20 feet in length and weigh up to 4900 lbs–significantly bigger than a bottlenose dolphin.
my, what big baby teeth you have! a few inches of glass is all that separates us.
f/4, 1/400, 24-105 mm lens, ISO 5000, no flash
He has a fascination with the humans in the lower viewing area of his living quarters–so much so that he doesn’t just swim by and give viewers the eye, but actually stops for a minute to mug with the eager hands waving at him. That is how I was able to get this closeup of him–he was making the rounds to see his adoring fans. Photographed on July 14. See more examples of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Closeup.