During a tense moment, a large whale chased an otter; fortunately, the little mammal noticed a boat nearby and swam desperately to safety.
John Dornellas, who attentively observed the otter’s attempt to escape becoming the killer whale’s food, managed to snap the amazing photographs.
The orca followed the otter as it swam around 200 meters to the boat where Dornellas works for Coldwater Alaska, an exploration business that conducts boat rides all around the area.
In light of this, Dornellas says:
“Wow, it was surreal. About 200 meters after turning off the drive engines, we spotted an otter swimming directly at my boat while being pursued by an orca. I have to admit that this was not how I had pictured my morning going.
Just before the whale came, the otter hid inside the boat and sprang out of the engine. The otter repeatedly jumped into the water in an attempt to flee, only to leap back into the boat when she realized that her hunter was still after her. The situation resembled a game of cat and mouse.
The guy meets his unexpected guest with caution and comfortingly declares:
Hello, you’re OK, and I won’t hurt you. Here, you are free to unwind as long as you like.
Both the crew of the ship and the defenseless otter looked astonished to see the orca so near.
You keep hearing “Oh my God, oh my God.”
As the orca circled Dornella’s boat in pursuit of the otter, John’s colleague captain Chantrelle Major recorded the scene from his boat.
Chantrelle remarked that he believed he observed the orca holding a newborn otter in its jaws from where he was able to get a better look at the orca.
Despite the enormous cetacean’s apparent persistence, John continued sailing to his next destination at Hablibut Cove Lagoo without encountering the otter orca, and when he saw no trace of it, he safely jumped into the ocean.
John only learned that the orca, which had the identification number AT163, was the biggest in its pod a short while later.