Paddle Boarder Films His Incredible Close Encounter With Orca

NewsflarePublished: August 18, 2017170 views
Published: August 18, 2017

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 16,000 miles each year. Humpbacks feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth when they fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium. While stocks have partially recovered, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships and noise pollution continue to impact the population of 80,000.

An amazing video from the Newsflare archive of an Orca or killer whale swimming underneath a paddle-boarder off the coast of New Zealand in 2015. The once-in-a-lifetime footage, captured off Kuaotunu beach, shows the killer whale swimming right next to boarder Luke Reilly. Interviewed by a local news organisation about the experience, Riley said "This one just bee-lined it for me. He popped up about 10cm away from the back of my board.” "I got a bit nervous thinking, 'what's this guy going to do?' He slowly crept up and grabbed my board and I yelled 'What are you doing?" "It was quite freaky but so amazing at the same time."

If you feel that you are up to some adrenaline, take a look as this video is sure to pump up yours!

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