Robert Bateman (Prints)
Tsitika And Her Son (Print)
Renaissance Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180
30 x 40(inches) / 76.20 x 101.60(centimeters)
Unframed (US Dollar): $1,695.00
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“We heard the orcas before we saw them. On the boat’s hydrophone their squeals,
squeaks, whistles and sighs sounded as if they were echoing in a cavernous space.
Finally the mist lifted a little and we saw a phalanx of black dorsal fins not too far off
– a family pod. Then the mist swallowed them up again. Perhaps one of the pods
we glimpsed on that magical day of whale watching belonged to a whale that
researchers have named Tsitika, an orca matriarch whose life history has given
me a glimpse into the orca world. Tsitika and her family belong to the northern
resident population of British Columbia killer whales. They have a remarkable
social system that we are just beginning to understand.”