When paddle boarder Luke Reilly left his house, the last thing he would have expected was for him to come face-to-face with one of ocean’s most successful predators.
Yet that is exactly what happened, when a curious killer whale played under Reilly’s board for nearly five minutes.
Boarding about 200m from the coast of Kuaotunu in north of Whitianga, on New Zealand’s North Island, Reilly had been out on the water for only a short period when the inquisitive whale approached.
It should be mentioned that killer whales like to toy with their kills, and they usually drown their victims. Looks like Lukas was lucky to escape without a scratch.