Take that Attenborough: Tour guide captures amazing, up-close footage of killer whales on the hunt
Published 25/08/2016 | 08:44
Have you ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with wildlife, David Attenborough-style?
This tour guide in Canada had an amazing experience with a pod of whales - and managed to capture it all on camera.
Nick Templeman works in the Campbell River area and regularly shares his knowledge of the locality with his friends.
During a recent boat-trip, Templeman and his friend were lucky enough to witness nature at work and a pod of whales go into hunting mode.
"A friend of mine got a new boat and wanted to take it out and have me guide him to the whales," Nick told Independent.ie.
"We came onto the scene near Powell River to watch about a dozen transient killer whales.
"They were lazily swimming when all of a sudden they went into hunting mode.
"We then saw the seal and saw him being pulled under water a few times," he continued, adding that transients like to play with their food.
"We saw the seal see our boat and it made a bee-line for us and hopped onto the swim grid [back of the boat]."
Templeman described how the Orcas soon followed and circled the boat a few times before moving off.
"The seal jumped off the swim grid a few times as it was also scared of us," he said.
"When it did, the Orcas would come back looking for it.
"Eventually the seal stayed on and, for about 45 minutes, the Orcas circled and tried to come up from underneath."
Templeman said the whales are very intelligent and wouldn't have attempted to knock the boat for their meal.
"I've been whale watching for 20 years now, so I am used to them, and they are used to us.
"They are very intelligent, so I believe they know that this is a boat and would not try this.
"Also, there have been no documented cases of whales attacking humans in the wild," he added.