Frozen Planet Stills

Pod of orcas spyhopping amongst the breaking sea ice, Ross Sea,Antarctica 2009. The Orca’s spyhop through gaps in the ice to determine how they can reach new fishing grounds. They have extremely poor sight. Our team filmed them simultaneously from the air, ice, and from underwater with a camera attached to a polecam. This fish-eating orca is distinctly different from the one that hunts seals. It is now even thought to be a different species. Their bellies are characteristically stained yellow from feeding on diatoms in the rich  Antarctic waters. The crew were dropped into position by helicopter in order to film these unique shots. They were standing on no more than a metre or two of sea ice at the time. Frozen Planet

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