Crafty seal jumps onto tour boat to escape hungry orcas

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A frightened little seal used some unusual ingenuity on Monday to escape from becoming a Monday morsel for killer whales off of Vancouver Island on Canada’s Pacific Coast.Seal escapes from killer whale

According to Fox13News, the feisty seal jumped aboard a tour boat as a pod of orcas circled around looking for food. Nick Templeman, the boat captain running the Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions, videoed the amazing event as the seal showed little fear of the humans as he inched his way to safety near the outboard motor of the boat.

“Once he got a look at the boat, he made a straight beeline for us,” stated Templeman. “We had four or five orcas all at once sitting at the back of the boat straight up and down sort of looking at the seal. They would dive and they would all disappear — about 12 of them — and you can see shape after shape trying to come up from under the boat.”

At first the seal seemed scared of the humans, and he jumped off and back onto the boat a few times. One can only surmise the seal figured out he was safer with the humans than the multiple groups of whales searching for him. The men on the boat feared the whales would tip over the boat to get to the seal, but decided not to kick the little guy off and did say he deserved to live.

After about 30 minutes, the whales gave up on their hunt and moved off. The seal stayed for awhile – cautiously surveyed the ocean and swam away.  Kirk Fraser posted the YouTube video which has garnered more than 1.4 views since Monday. He had this to report:

“We were out with the family looking for whales and a pod of 12 transient killer whales where chasing the seal. It ripped towards the boat in a desperate escape and scrambled on the deck. It fell off three times in panic and finally stayed on until the whales gave up after about 30-45 minutes. Most intense epic experience ever. Love you Nature. What a lucky seal”

Check out the video. Caution: Offensive language (Photo by YouTube via ABC News)

6 replies
  1. Mongoose218 says:

    GREAT story and wonderful video!

    By the way, the man was quoted as saying they were a “transient” group of orcas, no, they were a pod, a family…..

  2. Joseph says:

    Man, that guy on the boat is a chicken shit! Why would he be scared of that little seal. …and to the asshole that said , “we can shove him off” I hope you get eaten by a shark some day! What an asinine thing to say!

    • Mongoose218 says:

      I’m NOT defending the man who said that: but apparently they thought the 12 Orcas would/ could tip the boat over…….unlikely but who knows? Anyway, sensible people won that round and the seal stayed!

  3. maxiemom says:

    F’ing d’bag scared of a helpless seal trying to save his life! Would the big brave man have felt better if he’d indeed “shoved him off” and watched the poor helpless little guy become orca dinner? The filthy POS is not only a scared little heartless whiny baby, but he deserves to find himself in the same situation as that little seal and be at the mercy of strangers, too, with at least ONE of them just like him. Wonder what they’d do?

  4. virginia green says:

    smart seal.nice people on the boat.that is what we should be seeing alot more now and a bigtime stop to all the killing or mistreament of animals.


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