This beautiful interaction was captured on video in Kaikoura, New Zealand by Surf School Owner David Lyons and shared to all of us via Storyful. Although there is a standing law in New Zealand for people to stay clear of these magnificent cetacean beings, nothing kept this pod of Orcas from approaching and cruising around a jet ski off Kaikoura Peninsula, Northeast of New Zealand's South Island, on February the 15th of this year. David Lyons, who runs a surf school in Kaikoura, captured this beautiful show put on by the killer whales. Lyons said, "The playful animals were surrounding us and playing with the wake and bubbles, freely swimming underneath and beside us and slapping their flukes with excitement. "
The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins. They have been known to attack baleen whale calves, and even adult whales. Killer whales are apex predators, as there is no animal that preys on them. Killer whales are considered a cosmopolitan species, and can be found in each of the world's oceans in a variety of marine environments, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.
Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups (pods) which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of animal culture.
The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that two or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal park
Video & Caption: @maestro320