Rich German, from Southern California, has captured on film many marine animals while sailing on the ocean. He posts the videos on his YouTube channels and is followed by many. German has filmed over forty videos of whales, dolphins, seals, sting rays, sea lions and other marine creatures.
Until last week, German has never come so close to seeing the controversial orca whales, also known as “the killer whales”. While sailing on the waters of Laguna Beach, California, a pod of five orca whales started surrounding him.
This was not a coincidental incident because German said he heard that a pod of killer whales had been spotted along the shores of Long Beach, California.
After hearing this, German, who always wanted to capture the fascinating marine mammals on film, grabbed his GoPro camera and started paddling into the ocean, to a group of boats where the orcas were previously spotted.
German recounts the impressive encounter with the black and white killer whales. He says that at one point he dropped down to his knees because he was afraid that one of the whales was about to knock off the board.
German admitted that he was too excited about seeing the whales so close, to be scared that he might be thrown off his paddleboard.
German hopes that his video of the orca whales will raise some awareness and appreciation for these “magical being”.
At the beginning of his video German talks about the fact that orca populations have been decreasing in the last years. The killer whale species is still very vulnerable because the salmon population is being depleted by constant fishing and impeded by dams.
In the video, German recalls the fact that orca populations have declined in recent years. The species remains extremely vulnerable, especially as salmon populations are depleted by overfishing and restrained by dams.
German was asked if it scared him to be so close to the killer whales and he replied that there have been no reports of orca whales attacking humans so far. He added that he was utterly excited to see the animals and enjoyed the moment at its fullest.
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