Way-Too-Close Encounter With Orca (Video)

Curious orca wows paddleboarder

Yikes! This clip was captured and submitted to the GoPro Awards by Lukas Reilly after his close encounter with an orca.

Reilly told ABC News: He was paddling off Kuaotunu Beach in New Zealand when a few orcas began diving for stingrays underneath his board. Reilly, a 27-year-old restaurant owner, told 3News he had a GoPro camera in his pocket and pulled it out to capture the moment that one of the orcas came over to check out his board.

“I was a bit nervous thinking, ‘What’s this guy going to do?,’” Reilly said. “Then he slowly crept up and grabbed the back of my board and I yelled, ‘What are you doing!'”

Reilly told another local news station, TVNZ, that the orca “had a chew” on his board but described the close-up with the orca as a “friendly encounter.”

“It was quite freaky but so amazing at the same time,” Reilly told TVNZ.

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