An incredible story of how a fishing trip with a group of friends turned into an incredible story of swimming with killer whales off Trinidad's coast
Christian of WetTV found himself amazingly lucky one day while fishing off the North coast of Trinidad with his friends. Actually, he probably created history with a rare glimpse of killer whales that he managed to capture on camera, after impulsively jumping into the water for an experience that could have cost him his life. For an instant, he forgot that within seconds of entering the water for this rare sighting, that he instantly plummeted to the bottom of the food chain.
Killer whale sightings are usually seen in cold coastal waters such as around the Norwegian coast, in the north Pacific Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, the Antarctic coast and many others. The most southern border close to the Caribbean, that killer whales have been seen, is off the northern and southern coasts of Brazil. Rare glimpses of killer whales have also been sighted from off the southern coast of California to Puerto Rico. Like humans, these mammals can live in almost all bodies of water around the world. But Christian's well documented experience can also go down as one of the most spectacular liming experiences in Trinidad.
The video is showing this spectacular moment the orcas or killer whale pod breaches the surface in the bay of Trinidad’s North coast and has clocked up over 12,000 views. The whales would dive close but disappear when the boat tried to come closer. However, there was one whale that was intrusive and kept breaking away from the pod and would come to seek the boat and it came back a few times. This is when Christian decided it was a calling to jump into the water and try to get footage of this whale under the water. Christian was able to document the rare, spectacular show from this unique perspective: eye to eye under the water; the whale came close to him peacefully to then turn around and swim away.
Killer whales are an amazing species but can be incredibly dangerous. However, they are also known to enjoy exploring and at times are very curious and will approach boats in an attempt to figure out what’s going on.
Enjoy the video as Christian recalls his incredibly lucky killer whale encounter or simply skip to where the action begins at (2:21).