Swimmers run for shore when killer whale surfaces feet away

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 23, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A group of friends at a New Zealand beach were filmed running for safety when a pod of killer whales approached the shore.

A video filmed by Kelly Lindsay at Hahei Beach shows a group of her friends in the shallow water Oct. 21 watching the pod of orcas as the ocean mammals swim toward the shore.

The group runs to shore at Lindsay's prompting when a killer whale surfaces just feet away from where they are standing.

A lifeguard at the beach said the whales came within 30 feet of the shore. The lifeguard said orcas frequent the area to feed on sting rays but don't normally come so close to shore.

"It was a once in a life time experience to see such a beautiful animal up close in the wild. We won't be forgetting this any time soon," Lindsay said.

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