This Golden Retriever Doesn’t Know What to Make of Gigantic Killer Whale Pod

Written by Angie Menjivar
Published: November 24, 2022
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This video starts with a shot of three orca fins right in the center as they swim just ahead of a boat. You see some splashing on the left side of the screen. Then, on the right side of the screen, a golden retriever’s head emerges. Since it’s a little bit close up, you can’t quite tell what he’s standing on. It is a small boat where it is tagging along with its human counterparts.

Their proximity to this orca pod is incredible. If the golden retriever decided to reach out with a paw, it could probably touch the killer whale. The boat keeps moving along to the left as you see more and more orcas emerge with their dorsal fins out of the water.

They’re beautifully graceful in the water. Their dorsal fins serve to keep them balanced as their flukes (or tails) do most of the work to keep them moving forward. As they move their flukes up and down, you see them bobbing up and down, in and out of the water.

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Whale pod breaches
Whale pod breaches.

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They swim alongside the boat throughout this video. Some of them are a little further away and some of them are exceptionally close. You can count at least eight or nine orcas, all swimming together. Just as the video starts coming to an end, you get to witness something awe-inspiring.

Right in the center of the screen, an orca breaches. The dog looks over, probably thinking “wow” the way anyone would at this sight. The whale comes out of the water with its head pointed to the sky and its pectoral fins completely out of the water.

Just as it makes its way about halfway up out of the water, it falls back, leaving a splash in its wake. The dog remains focused, taking in these wondrous creatures in the water. Golden retrievers are wonderfully intelligent and generally good with other animals.

Although they can be protective, they’re usually very open to meeting strangers. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are also highly intelligent creatures. They are social animals, just like golden retrievers. This pod is an example of their sociability — they prefer traveling together like this. This makes it easier for them to hunt and protect their young.

It makes sense that this encounter was so peaceful. Although the golden could very well have started barking, there seemed to be an unspoken understanding between all creatures present that they are all moving in peace. If anything, the dog didn’t sense a threat. It just remained mesmerized throughout the clip.

Golden retriever stares in awe at orca whale pod.

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Golden retriever stands on the grass and looks forward
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Angie is a writer with over 10 years of experience developing content for product and brand reviews, focusing much of her time on animals of all types. A cat owner herself, she enjoys writing articles on beloved pets that both inform and entertain her audience.

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