Showing posts with label killer whales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label killer whales. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Orca whales scare diver out of water and one chases dog (amazing video)

A free diver was forced onto rocks by a group of killer whales in an amazing, viral video from Mathesons Bay, New Zealand. Incredibly, one orca turned its attention on a dog chasing sticks in the water. Soon, the dog was high-tailing it to shore with an orca in seemingly hot pursuit. Check it out:

The YouTube post has generated more than 1.6 milion views. Here’s how it is described on the post:
The free diver was on his way back in when he must have seen the Orcas and quickly got out onto the rocks. It seemed like there was at least 4 Orcas around him of which one was a mother with her calf. 

 The one Orca came very close to shore where the Labrador was busy retrieving sticks from the water. He saw the whale and quickly turned around and swam back to shore with the Orca following as far as he could go.
A real life jaws-type event but without the shark.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Orca caught in a fishing line off New Zealand saved by diver cutting it free

An orca was tangled in a fisherman's crayfish pot line in Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, and other orcas were at a loss to free it. But they certainly tried.

Teeth marks around the struggling orca's neck indicated other orcas had attempted to free the killer whale, though without success.

Recognizing the trouble the orca was in, diver Rhys Cochrane dove down below the surface and cut the line from its tail.

"Just before I dove down to cut the line, about five other orcas, including one massive bull, came around, and that's when I started getting a little bit scared," Cochrane said. Experts say the orcas knew the diver was trying to help, and once the killer whale was cut free, they all swam off together.

KABC reported that the orca had become tangled in the crayfish pot line and dragged the pot for several hundred yards. In the video of the rescue (shown above in an excellent report from KABC), you can see and hear as the orca struggles to get air.

This orca story reminds us of the incredible story about how a humpback whale was rescued from gillnets in the Sea of Cortez and showed its appreciation once set free. This story is worth a read, too.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Underwater video of killer whales off California coast

One voice among the group of whale watchers said it all: “It’s unbelievable. This is the best killer whale show I’ve ever seen.”

Indeed, when a whale-watching boat spots 40 killer whales on one trip, it really is unbelievable.

And to see some of the orcas from an underwater viewing station aboard the Manute’a? All the more incredible.

That’s exactly what happened last Thursday on a whale-watching trip with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari out of Dana Point, Calif. Take a look at part of the trip on this YouTube clip from Captain Dave's:

Wildlife enthusiasts can take an African safari and see lions, elephants, giraffes and hippopotamuses, among other exotic animals, in their native habitat.

Most people only see killer whales, aka orcas, at Sea World. Same for dolphins. But on Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, one can sometimes see hundreds of dolphins in one pod in the wild, and during the winter whale-watching season (which is now), possibly a handful of whales -- this only miles off the Orange County coast.

Seeing 40 killer whales is not a guarantee, however, but during the winter season you’re likely to see at least one or two migrating gray whales, with blue whales passing by on occasion in the summer months.

Which is why seeing 40 killer whales on Thursday was so rare, so special.

The underwater video was taken from the eye-to-eye underwater viewing pod, originally designed to view dolphins on the Manute'a.

The view of dolphins -- like the view of the killer whales you just saw -- is unlike any other in the world. Can't imagine seeing hundreds of dolphins at once? Then take a look at this KABC special report.

Captain Dave Anderson has also incorporated live streaming video online for those who can’t make it out to Dana Point. But if you're in the neighborhood, it's time well spent.

At the end of Thursday’s trip, three killer whales lined up, spouting water and slapping the water with their tails one after another, as if putting on a show.

You know, maybe they were.

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