According to many people, orcas are among the most beautiful animals in the world. They are at the top of the food chain in the ocean, swim thousands of miles a year, and are extremely intelligent. By cooperating with each other and using their innate hunting instincts, they catch their prey.
They can also be dangerous for people, which makes the boy’s encounter in the video at the end of this article so special.
Many orca families live in the oceans around Canada. They are often spotted by whale spotters and regularly come to take a look at boats. Many tourists who go on holiday to Canada also spot orcas.
There are even special killer whale expeditions, where you spend three days camping by the water and during the day, go by canoe to find orcas. That is a unique experience and definitely recommended for people who go on holiday to Canada. But what a Canadian boy, Lukas Reilly, experienced is special.
Last summer, he was paddling while on a surfboard along the coast of Vancouver Island. He did not expect a curious orca to come swimming behind him.
Full of fear, he looked straight into the eyes of this beautiful animal. He knew that if he lost his balance or if the orca knocked over his surfboard, his afternoon could turn out quite differently.
We don’t know the real intentions of the killer whale, but when the killer whale swam away, Luke gave a cry of relief and disbelief.
One thing is certain: He will never forget this. Fortunately, he filmed everything with his GoPro; otherwise, nobody would have believed him.
Watch the video here: