This Clever Seal Outsmarts A Killer Whale And Hitches a Ride on A Boat

Written by Katie Melynn
Published: December 4, 2022
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If you are swimming for your life away from a hungry killer whale, seeing a boat must feel like the luckiest day of your life. So, of course, you decide to hop on board to get away from the hungry predator. That’s just what happened when this seal became a passenger on a boat to get away from an orca. Watch as this seal outsmarts a killer whale.

This video is short but full of amazing footage. The orca is just feet away from the boat and surfaces, much to the surprise of the woman filming. Luckily, she was able to catch it using a smartphone. She gets another surprise when a seal hops onto the boat, right next to her feet.

The seal hangs out for a bit as the orca stays close. The seal remains by the edge and the orca gets even closer to the boat. We don’t get to see the seal’s ultimate fate but we hope that he was able to stay safe and that the orca had to find something to eat elsewhere.

One of the funniest parts of the video is the woman’s reaction. Naturally, she is quite baffled and not sure what she should do with her new passenger. She doesn’t want to force him back into the water just to become the whale’s lunch. Keeping in mind that both seals and whales are wild animals, she keeps her distance. Just watching the whole thing unfold. She tries to tell the seal to go away and he can’t be on the boat. He’s not having any of it.

Orcas, also called Killer Whales, are some of the most distinct animals in their environment. They are black with white patches which makes them easy to spot and identify. They are apex predators in their ocean world and love to eat seals in particular. Clearly, this seal outsmarted a killer whale because it got the message and decided to take his fate into his own hands

Because of their large size and need for energy, orcas typically eat between 100 and 300 pounds per day in the wild. If he was hungry, it’s likely that the orca quickly moved on to find a seal or other animal that was easier to catch.

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Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie is a Teaching Artist with The APEX Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and was awarded an Author Fellowship to Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She also enjoys spending time with her three kids and cat.

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