Animals and humans have different ways of approaching and communicating with each other. While curiosity often ends up being the reason behind our attempt to interact with animals, it's still always best to heed the advice of experts and exercise caution. Often, the interaction we have is limited to pets: cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, and fishes to name a few. Getting to know bigger creatures is more complex and can't be done casually and on our own. In some cases, however, humans are able to get up close and personal with some of the world's most intimidating creatures both on land and at sea.
One swimmer was fortunate enough to experience the gentleness of one of the world's most powerful predators: the Orca. These large mammals travel in pods and are among the most recognized sea creatures, often featured in movies and TV shows about marine life. Aside from their size, the trainable and intelligent Orcas have distinctive black and white coloring which makes them stand out. Imagine being able to swim with not just one but three of them!
Lucky that the swimmer was able to capture the beauty of the entire experience in Hahei Beach, New Zealand through aerial videography! Swimming calmly with magnificent creatures such as the Orca is definitely one for the books. The relaxing way in which he swam through the waters was probably what enticed them to engage with him in the first place. After all, animals can easily determine if a person's actions pose threats or if they are simply to enjoy what the environment has to offer. His impassivity was most probably what gave the Orcas the assurance that their territory was not in any way under threat.
Respecting the natural habitat of animals in land and on the water is the first step to building a peaceful relationship with them. The breathtaking footage shows the large yet gentle creatures swimming calmly around him and gradually beside him. The whales and the swimmer swam freely about, proving that most of the time, animals only seem dangerous when provoked. Keeping a safe distance and showing respect for all species and their respective territories is a habit that helps build a beautiful relationship between humans and animals.