A family of orcas were seen playing near Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro this week, brightening the day of those who saw them.
“Man, it was an incredible moment, a unique moment, I don’t even know how to explain it, just being there among those animals, a killer whale… it meant everything to me,” paddle boarding instructor Jefferson de Souza said.
He was one of three paddle boarders who jumped into the water to get a closer look at the killer whales, also known as orcas; a family of three, male, female and a calf.
“We were just chatting, talking about life and all of the sudden Jefferson looks and says ‘What’s that? It’s a whale, an orca,” paddle boarding instructor Timothy Richard Parkyn told news agency Reuters.
“And we jumped up, we grabbed the standup paddle boards, and we ran towards the water. We get in the water, we start paddling towards them, and it was just incredible, surreal,” Parkyn said about the moment.
“What we see in the video is a family group that has a male and a female who have a calf,” marine biologist Marcelo Szpilman said. He explained that it’s normal for orcas to come from a colder current to rest, feed and play in warmer waters.
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