Well, there is one surfer you definitely don’t want to get into a paddle battle with, that’s for damn sure. According to a report on IndoSurfLife.com and a post by Bali Sharks on Facebook, this past Saturday, Hayanna Iguchi Murakawa and her friends were out for a relaxed session when an orca decided to join the crew. She told the region’s online title: “I was sitting in the line-up when I heard people cheering and screaming. I looked to the side and saw a huge black fin rise up from the water.”
They apparently originally thought it was a shark, but those fears were quickly quelled. That being said, they instantly got out of the water. The young 14-year-old Bali-raised surfer went on to tell IndoSurfLife.com: “As soon as we saw the killer (sic) disappear in to the water we all got out. We heard from the fishermen that they haven’t seen an orca pass through these waters before.”
I’ve been in the water with dolphins, turtles, and even sharks, but am yet to have an (undoubtedly anxiety-inducing) encounter with an orca. And I’m not completely sure I’m ready for one. But that’s probably my ignorance talking… they seem, er, friendly? Don’t get me wrong, I think these majestic beasts are beautiful, but in a majestic and beastly way. And after watching Blackfish, I know we as humans are much more in the wrong with our on-going relationship with these sea creatures. However, I am not eager to swim around with one anytime soon.
Whatever my likely misguided understanding of killer whales is, this seems like one awesome encounter!