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Thread: Orcas playing with swimmer at Hahei Beach, New Zealand

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    Orcas playing with swimmer at Hahei Beach, New Zealand

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    Orcas join a swimmer for a closer look. Wearing a black wetsuit and looking a bit like a seal, she's probably lucky the Orcas didn't end up picking neoprene out of their teeth. Orcas aka Killer Whales have a passion for hunting seals so this was possiby a case of playing with fire.

    Apparently the swimmer got out of the water when she first spotted the Orcas and then got back in to continue her swim!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIcQMwYC1o


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    I suspect orcas are smart enough to tell the difference between a human in a rubber suit, and a seal (very different movement, for a start, and people probably register completely differently to anything else on there orca senses - like how a small dog and a large cat register completely differently to us - I defy anyone to mistake a Bengal or Savannah cat for a Pekingese or a French Bulldog).

    Having said that, wild animal is wild, and you never know when a starving creature with a mass measured in tonnes will decide it would rather do a taste test than die.

    The diver in me is insanely jealous of the buoyancy control those Orcas show in the surf.

    I'd have jumped in too, for the record (as I have done in the past with sharks).

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    Orca donít eat humans. They actually have a fairly specific diet and they are definitely smart enough to know that the swimmer wasnít food so she was perfectly safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Orca don’t eat humans. They actually have a fairly specific diet and they are definitely smart enough to know that the swimmer wasn’t food so she was perfectly safe.
    In this case a diver got lucky when an Orca grabbed his catch bag while he was still attached. Not a direct attack as such but tish happens.

    Did a Wild Orca Really Just Attack a Diver in New Zealand?



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