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Watch the crazy orca … but ‘hold onto the boat!’

April 28th, 2011 by cdunagan

I’m not sure who’s having more fun in the video below — the killer whale or the man and his son who were treated to a close swim-by. According to accompanying notes, the video was shot over the weekend at the southeast side of Vashon Island.

Susan Berta of Orca Network tells me that the whales shown in the video are probably the three seal-eating transients that have been spotted around Puget Sound lately, though they could be another group.

These whales certainly were not in their stealthy hunting mode, so I was thinking that maybe they had a little time to play around and were checking out the two people in the floating craft.

Susan concurred: “I think the whales are often playing with us, checking us out, and just having fun.”

By swimming upside down, they can get a better look at the boat and its occupants.

Jeanne Hyde in her “Whale of a Purpose” blog talks about a group of transients swimming backwards. Could be the same silly whales caught on this video.

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One Response to “Watch the crazy orca … but ‘hold onto the boat!’”

  1. Sharolyn Buck Says:

    LOVE the Dad’s giggling!! His voice going from protective to giggles!! Just reminds me how much I love being a parent and how having children gives me permission to be a kid again. Although now that my kids are getting older they remind me with a “Oh Mom” or a roll of their eyes when I’m getting a little to carried away.

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