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Several men in British Columbia, Canada got the experience of a lifetime. While standing on the shore of one of the Discovery Islands, at least four orcas came right up to the men, scratching their giant bellies on the stones. The orcas put on a several minute “show” for these lucky guys who watched in awe. They swam around, waving their tails and exposing their stomachs for the onlookers. You can’t help but to get the feeling that they are going above and beyond in the presence of the camera.

This behavior is far from common for orca whales. Scientists believe that it is kind of display is completely unique to the Northern Resident orcas, and although this is amateur footage, it will actually help scientists study the rare behavior. Currently, no one knows why these whales exhibit this behavior, but it is thought that this one family of orcas has passed it down between the generations. How incredible is that?

Getting to witness natural behaviors, such as this one, is even more powerful knowing that many other orcas in captivity will never be able to experience this. In the wild, these amazing animals live in incredibly complex family units, travel long distances, and judging from this amazing footage, aren’t afraid of putting on a show in their natural habitat!

This video shows that there is no need for us to keep orcas in tanks to witness their glory. We can only hope that one day this will be the only way people enjoy these amazing animals.

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Pablo el Diabo
3 Years Ago

It is my dream to harpoon one of these beasts one day.

04 Feb 2015

It is my dream to put moron\'s heads on a stake and feed it to the sharks. Shall we start with yours? :)

05 Feb 2015

I can\'t even express the disgust and shock at the idea that anyone would see something so magnificent and think, hm, I want to kill that one day.

You, sir and/or ma\'am, are a freak of nature and should be euthanized before you can reproduce.

08 Feb 2015

You sir are an ass I can only pray you live in a 3rd world country and get what is coming to you. I also hope that you are dead before bred as the thought of you contributing to the gene pool is disgustingly horrific. The fact that these animals are more social and probably have a bigger brain and fore sure have better thought process then you makes me wish we could throw you in dressed it a seal suit and let you be their play toy. Now that would be my dream.

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