Check out the amazing sight of a beautiful orca whale in the video above, where the creature gets to swim freely in its natural habitat. Yes, that’s a real orca, or “killer whale,” as they’ve been called. And yes, this animal really is that close to the kayaker, without resulting in violence.

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Though orcas are often referred to as “killer whales,” they only live up to that nickname in captivity, not in the wild. There are no documented cases of wild orcas killing human beings. However, when in captivity, they demonstrate greater levels of aggression.

If you have seen the film “Blackfish,” then you know about Tilikum – a 23-foot long bull orca who has lived in captivity since 1983, and drowned SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

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In the wild, orcas can swim up to 100 miles per day, which is a huge difference in comparison to the exercise they receive in captivity. Catching sight of them in their natural habitat must be pretty awe-inspiring!

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