“I didn’t like it at all”


A huge 30ft male killer whale swam just under a small fishing boat in Oregon, scaring passengers.

Charter boat captain Dan Rocher was fishing off Cape Kiwanda, Sand Lake, when he spotted five killer whales swimming past them, KGW8 reported.

Rocher pulled out his camera to shoot video of the whales, but soon after, a male orca turned around and started swimming straight towards his boat.

“[There were] three cows, a calf and a bull – and they were big,” Rocha told the outlet. “My boat is 23 feet long and when it swam under the boat there were fish on both ends of the boat at the same time. time. So he was big.”

Rocher told KGW8 he was “very scared” by the incident.

“I didn’t like it at all. And then once he left, we relaxed a bit,” he said.

Killer whales are known to have approached boats before, but experts don’t believe they want to harm humans. It’s more likely to be out of curiosity or playfulness.

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However, mammals can grow incredibly large. Male killer whales typically reach a maximum of 26 feet, making this bull particularly tall for the species.

There have been no reports of killer whales injuring humans in the wild – the only fatalities and injuries are related to orcas in captivity.

In recent weeks alarming numbers of killer whales have been sighted off the Oregon coast – experts believe they descend on the area to feast on baby seals.

Whales began arriving in Oregon in late April. Since then, there have been several sightings each day. The Oregon Coast Whale Watchers Facebook page posts regular updates on orca sightings in the area.

The last sighting posted on June 9 reported a male killer whale swimming in the Newport Jetty area.

Josh McInnes, a marine biologist and ecologist and researcher on killer whales in this region, has previously stated Newsweek that experts are noticing a “seasonal pattern” in orca sightings.

“So transient [killer whale sightings] can occur all year round, but we notice a peak in occurrence in the spring. This is probably related to the harbor seal whelping season,” he said. “Our research spans from southeast Alaska to southern California. Most transient killer whale sightings occur in inland waters off southern Vancouver Island, Washington, southeast Alaska, and off the central coast of California . However, there are few observations for the Oregon region.”

In addition to their surprise appearance in Oregon, killer whales have been seen in record numbers in the Salish Sea. Numerous killer whales have been spotted in Puget Sound, Washington, with over 15 confirmed maternal lines in 10 groups.

A stock photo of a male killer whale. One measuring 30 feet swam under a fishing boat in Oregon.
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