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Astonishing Moment as Two Killer Whales Come Close to an Unaware Paddle Boarder

Updated on April 4, 2024

In a breathtaking encounter that seems straight out of a wildlife documentary, two orcas, also known as killer whales, offered an unforgettable surprise to a paddle boarder in the serene waters of Castor Bay, Auckland. The lucky individual at the heart of this rare interaction was Justin Serville, who found himself in the midst of what could only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The orcas, known for their intelligence and often misunderstood reputation, approached Serville with a playful demeanor, showcasing their curiosity and interactive nature. Witnesses and Serville alike were astounded by the gentle nature of these majestic marine mammals, which he likened to “puppy dogs,” highlighting their friendly and engaging approach. This extraordinary encounter lasted about five minutes, a brief but magical moment that Serville was fortunate enough to capture on his GoPro camera mounted on his head.

The footage, showcasing the orcas’ playful circling and coming up close to the paddleboard, offers a rare glimpse into the friendly side of these often-misunderstood creatures. Their behavior towards Serville was nothing short of gentle curiosity, a stark contrast to the fierce reputation often associated with orcas. This remarkable interaction not only provided an exhilarating experience for Serville but also serves as a beautiful reminder of the wonders hidden beneath the ocean’s surface, waiting to be discovered by those who venture into the water.

Kevin O'Shea
Kevin O'Shea

About: Kevin O'Shea is a co-founder of Seek & Score and serves as the self appointed "Editor-in-Chief". Born with a deep passion for adventure and the outdoors, Kevin has always been drawn to nature and all the adventures it has to offer. Kevin grew up surfing everyday, skateboarding when the surf was bad, and snowboarding in the winter. Currently he enjoys surfing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, trail running, barbecuing, camping, riding motorcycles, off-roading, swimming, and cruising on his e-bikes with his kids. As his wife would put it, Kevin as too many hobbies. Experience: As an outdoor enthusiast and gear-o-holic, Kevin has always been intrigued by the latest gear and equipment on the market. His first job was working in the R&D department of Patagonia. He has a keen eye for quality and durability, and he appreciates products that are built to last. Kevin believes in the philosophy of "buy once, use forever," and he is always on the lookout for products that can withstand the test of time. Education BS degree in Economics from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA.

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