A pod of killer whales gave two fishermen the shock of a lifetime after bumping into his boat in a frighteningly close encounter.
In video footage shot off the coast of Porirua near Wellington, New Zealand, a man and a friend are seen enjoying a day on the water before spotting the group of orcas.
Through crystal clear waters, the pair watch on as the huge animals swim toward and eventually beneath the boat.
A pod of killer whales gave a fisherman the shock of a lifetime after bumping into his boat in a frighteningly close encounter
However, the excitement quickly turned to near-terror when the predatory animal decided to swim into the side of the vessel
‘This one’s circling here, look at the size of that one,’ one of the men is heard saying.
However, the excitement quickly turns to near-terror when the predatory animal decides to swim into the side of the vessel.
‘He’s f***king hit the boat, I’ve f***king fallen over… wicked!’ said one of the men.
‘He’s probably trying to f***king tip us out.’
However, just mere moments after the initial tap, the pod were on their way elsewhere – leaving the men to process what had just happened.
Online, users shared the pair’s shock, with some saying the collision may have been more sinister than it appeared.
Just mere moments after the initial tap, the pod were on their way elsewhere – leaving the men to process what had just happened
‘They’re not accidentally hitting the boat. That’s a predatory tactic to have them thrown overboard to attack them,’ one concerned watcher revealed.
And while encounters with killer whales in New Zealand are not unheard of, just 200 of the animals are believed to be scattered throughout the country’s waters.
Just days earlier, a woman swimming in the country’s north became surrounded by a group of killer whales – which she initially mistook for dolphins.
‘It was so different to anything that’s happened to me before, and I thought, no, this is a life-changing experience,’ she told 1NEWS of the startling encounter.