That is just about the last thing you want to see when you’re out on the ocean. Anything with the nickname “killer” is something I want to steer clear of, especially in their own environment.
Killer whales, or orcas, grow quite massive, reaching lengths of 27 feet and weights over 13,000 pounds. They are actually members of the dolphin family, the largest at that and not technically whales at all.
They are some of, if not the, smartest creatures in the ocean. They are known for their intelligent hunting methods, where they will even work in groups to hunt down prey. Orcas have deep relationships with their family and the pod they live with. They are even known to have their own communication system through noises they make underwater.
Most of the time, like all wildlife, killer whales don’t bother humans at all. But it can happen, and based on their size and reputation, that is not a chance I am willing to take.
This video captured a crazy close and unexpected counter.
A group of friends were out on the ocean for a day of fun in their boat. One of the friends is getting set up on the water skis. She takes off and gets up on the water, but the group immediately notices something terrifying.
A killer whale appears beneath the surface between the boat and the skier.
The group gets frantic and makes sure to let the girl know not to fall down. They make their way to another boat and get her to safety as quick as they can.