Seattle Times reader Dale Johnson’s eye-popping photo of a leaping orca with a harbor porpoise in its jaws.

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Photographer: Dale Johnson, Seattle

Photo taken: Sept. 14, San Juan Islands

Photographer’s description: “I was on a whale-watching tour out of Friday Harbor. We had just come across a pod of transient orcas when, all of a sudden, this orca came shooting out of the water with a harbor porpoise in its mouth. It all happened in just over a second and I was lucky to have my camera at the ready to be able to catch this once-in-a-lifetime shot. Taken with a Nikon D800E, 300mm lens, f6.3, 1/1600 second.”

Katie’s critique: “Wow! A fabulous moment captured. My immediate reaction is that I want to crop in and see that moment big in the frame but as I look at this photo longer I really appreciate having that Pacific Northwest landscape in the background. I think either option would work great. Very cool sight to see, and the photographer captured it perfectly.”

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