Rescue
Clever otter sees orca in water and barely escapes by jumping onto man’s boat
John was taking a break on his boat in the water when he spotted the otter taking notice of the orca.
Jaclyn Abergas
01.11.23

John is a diver and practically lives in the water but this is the first time he’s ever witnessed something like this.

John Dornellas works with Coldwater Alaska.

The company offers boating trips in the area and one day John witnessed a heart-wrenching scene right in front of him.

He was about to pick up passengers on the Halibut Cove Lagoon when a killer orca appeared in front of him.

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It wasn’t just an orca though.

In the distance, John discovered an otter swimming for his life.

The orca had already spotted the otter and was swimming toward it.

The otter had already spotted the boat and was swimming as fast as it could.

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The otter wanted out and fast.

He needed to get out if he wanted to stay alive.

When the otter reached the boat, he circled it, looking for a way out.

John was watching the otter until he disappeared.

Then he called out to his companion, Chantrelle, in the other boat, who told him that the otter had climbed up the back of his boat.

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Sure enough, the otter was there.

The otter wasn’t the only animal around John’s boat that day.

The orca knew the otter was on the boat and it circled John’s boat, looking for the otter.

The otter was so scared and didn’t know what to do.

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Then it jumped inside John’s boat.

John was trying to reassure and calm the otter down but he was so frantic.

The otter actually wanted to jump back into the water.

John thought the otter might have another buddy he left behind and needed to rescue.

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It leapt in and then returned.

The otter jumped back into John’s boat where it sought refuge.

But the otter was still so scared because he had no idea if John was a threat, too.

John sensed that fear and tried to reassure the otter that he was safe in the boat.

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The orca continued circling John’s boat.

Who knows what the orca might do to him and his boat just to get to the otter?

The orca was on the hunt and there wasn’t anything John could do except try not to aggravate the situation.

Eventually, the otter tried to stop getting back into the water and dragged himself to the front of the boat.

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The otter stayed there to catch his breath and did not move from his spot.

John needed to pick up passengers.

So, he waited for the right time for the orca to swim a little farther away.

Once the orca was far enough, John started the boat and drove off toward his passengers.

He left the otter alone to just be by himself, both to help it and because he was scared that the otter might bite him if he tried to move it.

Once the otter knew it was safe, it jumped back into the water and swam off.

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See how this clever otter outwitted a hungry orca and hitched a ride in the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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