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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Doc, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    Man shares the waves with killer whale for 45 minutes... because the surf was 'too good to miss'

    By CHRIS JOHNSON
    Last updated at 1:57 AM on 14th January 2009 from The London Daily Mail

    As he enjoyed catching a few waves, experienced surfer Craig Hunter had no fear of becoming the hunted as he shared the waters with a killer whale.

    Rather than turning back to shore after paddling out past the breakers to be confronted by a giant dorsal fin, he decided the surf was just far too good too miss.

    For the next 45 minutes he bravely shared the waves with the giant Orca and, without realising it, two young calves.

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    The Orca, a regular visitors to the Taranaki coast in New Zealand, paid little attention to the surfers at Stent Rd surf break near Cape Egmont on Saturday.

    Hunter, who has been surfing off New Zealand's North Island for almost 50 years, said: 'There was no way I was going in because the waves were too good.'

    'It's pretty awesome. It's a pretty special sort of feeling.

    'I was out there on my own for quite a while and the big fella was just cruising. It was really neat.'

    Hunter, known to his surfing friends as Billy, said it was not the first time he had surfed with an Orca and added that he was too old to be bothered by the possibility of being attacked.
    'My outlook is they are big enough and quick enough. If they thought I was a seal, I'd be long gone.'
     
  2. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

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    When I see a picture like that I always wonder if it's something that has been photo-shopped but this one and the story seems to be legit. But I think I'll be just fine watching the action from shore. There is just something about the name "Killer"....
     
  3. vladimir

    vladimir Solo Diver

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    That's a cool picture, and that guy is much cooler than I am. I have read stories of killer whales toying with divers by swimming straight at them and abruptly stopping within a few feet and "blowing" them back. I don't know how true they are, but at the very least orcas seem to be better at differentiating between seals and divers than great whites are.
     
  4. Saltwater Junky

    Saltwater Junky Manta Ray

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    Wow! That must be a huge adrenaline rush. I don't think I'd swim out to be with an Orca, but if I'm out there I probably would not leave.
     
  5. seaducer

    seaducer Solo Diver

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    He's got stones, that is for sure. I'd rather swim with sharks than orcas. Sharks are far more predictable. And orcas can be rather...cruel when toying around with stuff.

    Still, that is neat, good for him...
     
  6. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    That is a great story. I agree that this guy has stones. I have seen (on video of course) orcas throwing around a seal in an apparent game or life lesson....no thanks. However to be the one taking that picture, would be an extreme thrill for me.
     
  7. MichiganScott

    MichiganScott Solo Diver

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    To my limited (ok non-existent) knowledge (except reading various accounts) Orca attacks on humans are extremely rare to say the least, most of which have been done by captive ones on their trainers.
     
  8. mistressmotorsports

    mistressmotorsports Barracuda

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    We got to snorkel with Orcas in La Paz in 2006. A small pod came over to check out our dive boat. They were curious but very calm. The dm got in first, no reaction from the whales, so we all quietly put on masks and fins and over we went. The whales mostly swam around about 20 yards or so from us. I have a few snapshots of a mother and calf from a cheap underwater film camera. Very cool experience.

    Mike
     
  9. NWGratefulDiver

    NWGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmmm ... that's a male orca in the picture ... what's he doing with two calves?

    Call me skeptical ... even though I personally know a couple folks who've jumped in the water when the orcas swam by ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
  10. seaducer

    seaducer Solo Diver

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    So far as I know this is true. However whenever something eats something else that is our size, caution is advisable.

    In the case of orcas, they are more than just predators, they are also sadistic killers who toy with other animals and then leave them for dead. I don't trust them.

    We are not on their menu, and if they are in a good mood the experience would be simply awesome. But they are one of the few marine animals I would just as soon watch or photograph from a boat deck...

    Possibly a stock photo, or there was a pod there that wasn't mentioned in the article?
     

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