Orcas playing with swimmer at Hahei Beach, New Zealand

Filmed on 4 December at Hahei Beach on the Coromandel peninsular, New Zealand. I was watching a pod of orcas swimming up the beach, I saw a swimmer swimming along shore directly towards them, at this point I asked my partner to get my mobile phone as I wasn’t sure what would happen and I may have to call for help. The orcas circled her and she got quite the fright. She then got out the water as she was only 20m from shore. Some on lookers chatted to her about the experience and then to my surprise she got back into the water and swam back towards the pod, to I assume continue her training swim. I then launched the drone and filmed from a fair distance away making sure not to disturb the pod of orcas. What I witnessed was truly amazing.

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+3 1. thundersnow commented 334 days ago

And the baby is learning about humans, maybe for the first time.
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+2 2. Judge-Jake commented 333 days ago

I wanted to say something FLIPpant like they obviously weren't hungry, or moments later when the drone ran out of power the Orca came back and ate the swimmer. Or maybe they had eaten one before and found we were tough and tangy. But actually it was a lovely thing to see, I wonder if the adult had previously been a captive whale somewhere. I just hope their next encounter is not with a Japanese whaling team.
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+2 3. Austin commented 333 days ago

I think it is safe to say that the swimmer had to thoroughly rise out the seat of his or her wet suit after that close encounter with a mother critter and her young. >:) Beautiful interplay between them however and the curiosity and beauty of animals will never get old.
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0 4. sux2bu commented 331 days ago

#3 According to the text provided under the title the swimmer is described as a woman who
went out twice to swim with the orcas. It could have turned out bad ,but glad it didn't..