We’re so privileged to be gifted deep contact in an ocean habitat that’s naturally theirs. beautiful creatures often initiate mesmerising, mind-blowing interactions with us.
But sometimes, we want it both ways; humans can be quick to judge the state of that contact; swift to broadcast fear the instant those interactions don’t fit the underwater fairytale. These are perfectly instinctive moments - but the realities of their behaviour, strength and size infringe on the land-livers’ fantasy of ocean utopia - a pure happy connection every time. When wild marine creatures act naturally and there’s suddenly an interspecies boundary: not cool. .
This #orca is simply interacting in an exuberant way - surprise maybe, but no threat. Her confidence is incredible and her interest is humbling.
There are no official reports of human fatalities from orcas in the wild; but there are those overlaps in what we/ they are doing in the same ocean patch at a given time. Then come those leaps to false conclusions when they’ve infringed, 'with intent', on our activity. ‘Infringed’ is a spin on the simple fact that they’re behaving naturally in their own territory. Intimidating is a human reframing of instinctive. .
The rich icy #ocean habitat north of #Norway makes it ideal for cold-wave riding - and for abundant #predators . Orcas hang at the shore break, by the canteen.. and when they hunt for seals, their predatory charge is an aggressive one. If a #surfer should be close to that predatory zone - which one was during a recent #surf competition - they’re in a natural line of fire. With echolocation, the barreling orca realised that this wasn't a seal and pulled a sharp leftie; marine mammal experts understand this close call. Others described it as an ‘attack’. .
Flip the habitat: as of 2019 four humans have died due to interactions with captive orcas. It doesn’t take a marine mammal expert, or anyone with a shred of humanity, to understand how it came to that. .
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