It’s not every day we get to see nature up close and personal, but thanks to new arial footage, we were able to catch a glimpse of three killer whales – otherwise known as orcas – swimming in Seattle’s Elliot Bay on Monday, April 9th. The video is a sight to behold, as well as an important reminder that we must protect amazing wildlife like orcas and other threatened and endangered wildlife.
Like many other natural wonders, killer whales can be difficult to find — meaning videos like these don’t come around too often. In the clip from ABC News’ Facebook page, we can see the whales’ distinct black and white coloring maneuvering in and out of the water. Though it’s unclear where they are going, it looks like they are headed north.
Check out the stunning footage below – and prepare to weep with wonder.
Just like us, Twitter users were delighted to see them, too.
So, where else in Washington are orca sightings common? The salmon-rich waters of the San Juan (which is off the coast of Washington state) is a notoriously good spot to catch them in action. Tours regularly depart from San Juan for shore-based whale-watching in the months of April and October.
Washington also recently passed a series of orca protection bills, which is a step in the right direction. The new laws are aimed at reducing noise pollution and giving orcas enough buffer between boats. Anything we can do to help these beautiful creatures counts. Now excuse us while we watch this video 90 more times today.