Flying Orca!

Kenmore Air have a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter seaplane with an orca livery operating from Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. It is dubbed Wild Orca and is one good-looking seaplane!

Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca

Recently I saw it for the first time, so I waited around for the aircraft to take-off. It must have been on a joy flight as it was back on the lake a short time afterwards. Nice to see it in the air.

Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Heading out
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Caution seaplane operating area!
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
The de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter seaplane is a neat looking aircraft at the best of times but the Wild Orca livery makes it look fantastic!
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Wild Orca
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
A group of passengers are off to enjoy a flight on a nice sunny day off Lake Union
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
It was a nice day for a flight (wish I was aboard!)
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Building speed
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
Kicking up some water
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca take-off
Take-off
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca
The return
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca landing
On landing approach
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca lake union landing
The lake is always a busy place with seaplanes and recreational boating!
Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter Wild Orca lake union landing
With a splash of water Wild Orca is back on the lake

The livery is a special one as it has been painted to support the Wild Orca non-profit organisation, that raises awareness of the majestic Orca’s that live in the ocean off Washington state. Their ultimate goal is to protect them for generations to come. The interior of the aircraft also features Orca motifs.

DHC-3T Wild Orca in comparison to the normal Kenmore Air livery
Wild Orca in comparison to the normal Kenmore Air livery

I have been lucky enough to see a pod of Orca off the San Juan Islands in Washington and also in Alaska. Any wild animal in its natural habitat is great to see but a pod of whales is a truly beautiful sight!

Killer Whales
Orca pod off the San Juan Islands in 2011
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