Now this isn’t what you’d expect while on a fishing trip. A Canadian charter captain and her clients found themselves nearly within arms length of a massive killer whale this past summer, while out on the water fishing for salmon.
In the wild video footage, you can see the creature literally swim right up next to the boat. The whale disappears for a second, and then reappears directly underneath the salmon, looking as if it’s getting ready to take a bite. Luckily, those on the boat were able to get the salmon on the boat before the whale could really do some damage.
Next thing you know, you see the whale swim in the opposite direction, along with another. Orcas have been particularly aggressive this past year, with a number of documented cases of them ramming boats. I’d almost be inclined to just let them have it out of fear of retaliation…. these things are too smart and too strong to mess with.
Dubbed “Killer Whales,” orcas are are actually toothed whales that are the largest member of the dolphin family. They can be found in any part of the world’s oceans and males can reach up to 26 feet long and weigh around 6 tons, while females tend to be around 20 feet long and weigh in at a still impressive 3 tons. If they wanna ram your boat, it’s gonna do some damage.
The charter captain, Tea, posted the video to Instagram, discussing the wild scene:
“This summer I had an amazing experience not many get to say they’ve had. My guests and I went out after change over, put our lines in the water and started fishing as every other change over goes. But this one was a little different.
While doing an outside sweep of the tack, our rod began to bounce. My guest grabbed the rod and started to play the fish. This is when it got interesting…
The fish had taken a run at the boat so as usual I look over to see the size of the fish when I saw a massive flash of white underneath us.
I instantly put the boat in neutral, cut the engine and turned off my sounder before I instructed my guest on just horsing it in because I wouldn’t be able to net it with the orcas there. Because I wanted that fish out of the water before we caused an issue.
My guest did a great job of getting the fish to the boat for me to hand bomb it into.”
I’d say they picked the perfect day to go fishing… a once in a lifetime experience.