Vacationers Capture Wild Killer Whale Footage

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Laura and Rich Howard were on vacation in La Paz, Mexico, when they captured breathtaking footage of a 20-member killer whale pod leaping out of the water right near their boat, according to "Today."

The Howards were celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a scuba diving trip abroad. The couple was diving and playing with a group of sea lions for about 25 minutes when their dive master called them back to the boat. Annoyed at first by the brevity of their dive, the reason soon became apparent when they saw the dorsal fins of approximately 20 killer whales headed right for them.

The orcas began to follow the boat, leaping out of the water, flipping and spinning as they went. Laura Howard had a waterproof camera, and she filmed the spectacle for an entire hour. Ultimately, the Howards were glad their scuba diving ended early, because watching the orca pod was unique and much more exciting.

DID SEAWORLD CAPTIVITY TURN THIS WHALE INTO A KILLER?:

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flubadub3

If they are so cuddly and tame, why did the skipper insist that the divers get out of the water and have the boat speed away? Is this a story about fun-loving orcas playing with the people on the boat, or should it be a story about vicious giant killer mammals attacking a boat load of people?

April 30 2013 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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racurrry

The latter !

July 25 2013 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kjcm1955

Wild animals is always fun

April 29 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kjcm1955

Watching wild animals is always fun.

April 29 2013 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamesfnbond

Those babies were moving!!! Awesome!

April 29 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gvgarden

Killer lions, killer tigers, and killer bears......Oh my!!

April 29 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
undrgrndgirl

hope they do a documentary with the footage...with much less of the divers and their living room!

April 29 2013 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Ed

the boat should have been stopped immediately. A good scientific experiment to see if the pod would then attack the boat and eat the people.

April 29 2013 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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lrsjoyroller

hi,it's interested,

April 29 2013 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobfrostmail

"I have felt safer," someone here writes, "diving with Tiger sharks than with Orcas." In fact, no Orca in the wild has ever killed a human being. Attacks are extremely rare. Source: The entry "Killer Whale Attacks on Humans" in wikipedia.

April 29 2013 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed

I am a diver and yeah it was cool to see them do that...but they call them killer whales for a reason...they kill white sharks...and just because they can be some what "tamed" we get all googly for them. They can do more damage then a shark can. I have felt safer diving with Tiger sharks then an orca.

April 29 2013 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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undrgrndgirl

no. they are called killer whales because some of them are whale killers.

April 29 2013 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

They look so cute to be named killer whales.

April 29 2013 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bosco

They are all not as tame as the ones at Sea World. They are predators.

April 29 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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