Watch This New Zealander Kayak With Killer Whales and Paddle Straight Towards Them

Written by Crystal
Published: April 4, 2023
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Would you kayak with killer whales? This video clip captures the moment a kayaker encounters several killer whales. The curious whales dance through the water, showing off their swimming skills. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and every second is caught on camera. Follow along as we explore the dangers of killer whales, their social structures, and where you can go to see them in the wild.

Are Killer Whales Dangerous?

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The chances of a killer whale attacking a human in the wild are low.

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You’ve probably heard about the whale-on-human attacks by captive killer whales. There are four fatal incidents, and three came from the same orca. But what about killer whales in the wild? Is it foolish to kayak with killer whales?

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The chances of a killer whale attacking a human in the wild are low. We don’t resemble any foods they would typically eat, so they don’t have any reason to hunt people. But that can all change if, for some reason, the whale feels threatened by a human’s presence.

If the whales were frightened by the kayaker in this clip, they would have had no problem eliminating the threat. Killer whales are highly efficient apex predators. They know how to overcome all sorts of large prey, including other whales. They sometimes even target the most giant animal on the planet, the blue whale.

How Many Whales Live in a Pod?

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Killer whales live in a social group called a pod which can have as many as 40 members.


Killer whales live in a social group called a pod. These family groups can have as many as 40 members. The orca mother creates the matriline. A typical pod includes an older female, her male partner, and their female offspring.

When they grow up, the daughters usually leave to have children, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever. Even though they spend time away from the matriarch, the female offspring usually travel nearby with their new families.

Where Can You Kayak With Killer Whales?

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Killer whales can be found across the entire west coast of the United States.


Where can you kayak with killer whales, or see them from the safety of a ship? Killer whales can be found across the entire United States’ west coast. Several national parks are known for their frequent whale sightings. One of the best places to visit is the Channel Islands National Park in California. These islands in the Northern Pacific are home to some of the biggest orcas.

If you’ve always wanted to go to Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park is a great place to see all sorts of wildlife. Along with killer whales, you’ll also have a chance to see humpback whales and sea lions. Getting closer to nature is always possible. See for yourself in the video below.

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Crystal is always looking to learn more, and share her finds with you along the way. It's amazing how you can spend your entire life living with plants and animals, but still know so little about them! Let's explore our world together as Crystal covers topics about creatures, places, and experiences.

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