One of the reasons I love Paddleboarding is because of the opportunities it affords me to see the natural world and for offering me the chance to see things that on land you simply don’t get the opportunity to witness. I’ve seen kingfishers at work on the river, seals nosily investigating me from hidden coves and galaxies of starfish below me; one thing I have never witnessed so far is a Killer Whale.
Luke Reilly was recently out enjoying a relaxed paddle in New Zealand, when an Orca suddenly appeared below him. Luke remained calm as the unfortunately named Killer Whale, investigated the paddleboard, even seemingly nibbling at the back of the board. The whole encounter was over within 30 seconds, but Luke shared a moment with the Orca, that he will no doubt treasure forever.
The Killer Whale is actually related to the oceanic dolphin family and although the name would suggest otherwise, are not considered a threat to us. Enjoy the special moment that Luke and the Orca crossed paths below and let us know if you have ever had the opportunity to experience whales in the wild?