Stunning footage shows an orca chasing a tourist boat

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Stunning footage showing an orca chasing and jumping towards a tourist boat off the coast of Mexico has been shared online.

Two videos of the meeting were posted on Twitter. The first, from the chased boat, was shared by Beatriz Acevedo Tachna and can be seen here. The orca can be seen jumping out of the water behind the boat as it speeds away.

The second video, here, taken from another nearby tourist boat, shows how close the orca has come to tourists. Arely Hernandez, who shared the video on Twitter, said fishermen told him the behavior was unusual.

In the boat, the tourists can be heard shouting with joy at the close encounter.

According to local media Processthe tourists were sailing around Farallon Island, off Sinaloa, when the dolphin decided to accompany them.

The Gulf of California has become a popular migration point for a particular population of killer whales, Process reported. Dolphins migrate here in search of warmer climates to breed. They then return to the cold waters of the North Pacific.

The killer whale following the boat may have been playing a game

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are highly intelligent and social animals. The largest member of the dolphin family, they often display playful behavior. It is normal for killer whales to become curious when they encounter a boat, especially if it is moving at high speed.

Dolphins have been known to start following boats like a game. Some have even held the rudder of boats with their mouths, letting themselves be pulled behind.

However, killer whales can become more aggressive. Killer whales are top predators and get their name from their deadly hunting techniques, but they generally stay away from humans.

In 2020, reports surfaced of a pod of killer whales attacking sailboats off the coast of Spain. Sailors have reported dolphins crushing their boats and yachts with their heads, sometimes causing significant damage.

Small boats, like the one shown in the video posted by Hernandez, were particularly at risk.

Scientists studying this bizarre behavior later noticed that two of the killer whales had been injured. Researchers suspected they were attacking the boats as a precaution, to protect the injured.

Killer whales are found in oceans around the world. They tend to feed on fish, squid, seals, and seabirds. They are also known to hunt dolphins much larger than themselves. A pod of orcas was recently spotted feasting on a blue whale – the first time such behavior has been recorded.

Attacks on humans are extremely rare. There is no record of orcas killing a human in the wild.

A file photo shows a killer whale jumping out of the water. They are known to do this as a game.
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