Orca and deer captured on video swimming together in San Juan Islands

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A young deer may have been quite nervous when she spotted an orca swimming very close to her, but it seems there was barely a flipper flurry from T124C, also known as “Cooper” the killer whale.

According to the Facebook page, Island Adventures Whale Watching, naturalist Sam Murphy had been photographing an orca swimming near the Canada and United States border last Sunday when she was able to capture a very strange sight. There was Cooper calmly swimming, but then there was a little deer head swimming along not far, and the orca didn’t seem bothered or interested at all.

Not something we see every day… we wonder who was more surprised to see who

PC: Naturalist Sam Murphy


According to the organization, Cooper is a male Bigg’s killer whale born in 1992. It’s likely there wasn’t enough meat on the deer to tempt the orca to attack; their preferred meals include seals and sea lions with a lot more fat on them.

Cooper probably knew the deer was there, and just didn’t much care. Now as for the deer, she might have been really surprised when Cooper appeared on the surface, and was just as happy as could be when she was able to swim to the shore for safety.

Sometimes the truth is just stranger than fiction.

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