Um. Scary, right? It’s pretty hard to make a quick getaway in a rowboat, for sure.
Sloan adds: “Most of the fun from this video comes from how scared we (really just me) were so some profanity is used. WARNING: inappropriate words are used (the s-word) we are sorry but we were scared. However feel free to laugh at how I respond to a scary situation like this (I yell run even though we are in a rowboat) and enjoy the beautiful orcas at the beautiful Anderson Island! Others in the boat are Michael Niccum and Eugene Dight.”
Their experience may have been a little terrifying, but also amazing.
One commenter on the YouTube video noted: “I hope they realize how privileged they are to have had such an encounter.”
Another commented: “Did you notice how gentle their moves were once they got closer? as if they knew they had to be careful with those tiny hoomans on the boat.”
Still another noted: “I don’t care what any of you say, if you had two giant killer whales swimming under you, you would probably scream like a girl too! In my head, I know they won’t hurt me, but that doesn’t take away the fact that there are two giant ‘killer’ whales right beneath my tiny boat! I love these guys reactions! Great video guys!! “
In response, another commenter explained: “When you really understand and know the facts about these intelligent beings you shouldn’t be afraid of them at all! There for one have been zero Attacks on humans, only captive orcas have done harm to the trainer because they go insane in captivity. (only because captivity cannot mimick anything in nature, they are separated from their strong family bond too). Orcas are just as “dangerous” as any other dolphin. Their intelligence is so amazing it rivals ours! So they are extremely smart!”
That sentiment was echoed in another comment as well: “Orcas are very large animals even at a young age. It is healthy to be afraid of something that is much larger than you. They are playful and strong, accidents may occur; not out of aggression, but curiosity.”