Orcas hunting seal, seal jumps in boat

We were out with the family looking for whales and a pod of 12 transient killer whales were 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.

He thinks it was intense for him and his passengers. Imagine how that poor little seal felt.



  • Jeronimo

    I know it’s nature’s way and all that, but… yeah, I really felt for that seal too. And I’m not sure if it was all that clever of those people to scramble around the front of the boat with a bunch of orcas swimming around them.

    I was half expecting one of the orcas to give that boat a little nudge, if not full-on attack it. The title of the video kind of implied that… man, I hate bad grammar. 🙂

    • Yeah – standing on the side of the boat while a pod of orcas circle it, looking for food? Not smart. There’s been no recorded attacks of orcas on humans but….do you really want to be the first!?

      • rick gregory

        First! Oh no…

  • CuJo YYC

    The look in the eyes of the seal was “WTF? Why are we still here? Start the engines.”

    All anthropomorphizing aside, interesting encounter. Shawn, if this was shot off the coast of BC, it’s in bad form, if not outright illegal, to run your engines within about 3 kilometres of orca. In other words, you can’t run away from a pod of orca under normal circumstances. Notice that all the boats in the video were just floating freely and quiet.

    • It was shot off BC – Comox on Vancouver Island. And his engines weren’t running.

  • rick gregory

    Someday people will learn to rotate the damn phone when taking video…

    regardless, that’s awesome… thanks.

  • One of my favorite comments I read attached to this video (I forget here I read it) went along the lines of…. the seal was doubly lucky because he/she jumped into a boat filled with Canadians, who are by some magical combination of maple syrup and hockey, incapable of harming anyone or anything. 🙂