Incredible moment when a pair of orcas turn over next to a group of snorkelers
- Two orcas put on a show for snorkelers at Rowley Shoals, off WA’s north coast
- A group was with tour company The Great Escape when whales approached
- The creatures came to them and turned before swimming away
- Images of the meeting were posted on Facebook, leaving many enchanted
A few orcas put on a show for a group of snorkelers by spinning near the ocean surface.
Images posted online show two orcas frolicking alongside a dozen snorkelers on a day trip to Rowley Shoals, a marine park 332km off the coast of Broome, Western Australia.
One of the cetaceans turned on its back and blew its chest up to the top of the water, while the other swam gracefully nearby, swinging its tail.
The adventurers stopped to kick water while the whales performed in front of them before swimming away.
The video was taken by Western Australia charter company The Great Escape, which organizes cruises and water activities along the state’s coastline before it was circulated on social media.
Online viewers were blinded by the close encounter.
‘My God. Breathtaking view, ‘one person wrote.
“Just wow!” said another.
“What a dream!” added a third.
One of the orcas rolled into the water and blew its chest into the surface of the water
South of the Timor Sea, Rowley Shoals is made up of three coral atolls and is home to diverse marine life including fish, mollusks, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and whales such as orcas and humpback whales.
Killer whales are highly social and intelligent mammals that live in groups in all oceans around the world.
An apex predator and the only known natural predator of great white sharks, they also feed on seals, fish, sea birds and whales that are larger than them.
Killer whale attacks on humans in the wild are extremely rare and no deaths have been recorded, and the creatures are known to work with whalers to help them hunt whales.