January 16, 2017

An amazing bond between Orca and human.  Wouln't it be fun to really understand what is going on inside the Orca's mind?

by Sarah V Schweig on thedodo.com

An orca named Pickle has an especially sweet relationship with Pettigrew.

"I first met Pickle back in 2010 and have paddled with him a number of times since then and when I first met him," Pettigrew told The Dodo.

Pickle with his pod of friends in 2010/Nathan Pettigrew

Pickle has a distinctive dorsal fin, slightly marred by, Pettigrew thinks, a run in with a shark or a fight with another orca. But according to Pettigrew, it doesn't seem to bother him.

Because of Pickle's distinctive dorsal feature and friendly personality, Pettigrew has been able to spot him over the years.

"He started out quite small, but he is growing larger as time goes on," Pettigrew said.

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