How would you react if an orca whale swam right under your tiny rowboat? It is reasonable to think that most people would panic in fear of capsizing or being crushed by a jumping whale.
Video published on YouTube in December shows a group of young men fishing for crabs in a small aluminum rowboat just off Anderson Island in Pugent Sound. At first, the orcas were a considerable distance away but within a minute they were right under the men.
“We think that the sound of the rope being pulled along the side of the boat is what attracted the babies because right after we pulled up the pot the pod headed right for us,” Steven Sloan wrote on his YouTube channel.
“Most of the fun from this video comes from how scared we (really just me) were so some profanity is used.”
Warning: this video contains profanity
During that same month, another fisherman on a motorized boat near Anderson Island spotted a pod of orcas a distance away. Curiosity also pulled the whales towards the boat, with video capturing the whales swimming underneath and alongside the boat.
To date, this video has garnered more than a million views on YouTube.
Of course, there have also been a number of orca whale sightings in B.C. waters over the last few months. Orcas were spotted in Vancouver’s local waters in mid-March and over the last few weeks a local kayaker video recorded his close-up encounters with orcas hunting seals at Hornby Island.
Another recent upload by Louis Jobidon captures an adult-sized orca jumping in the air and landing on a seal.