Scared otter chased by orca finds a safe place on a man’s boat

Captain John Dornellas never expected to become involved in their game of "cat-and-mouse"!


Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest members of the oceanic dolphin family. They have a distinctive looks, black-and-white coloration, large dorsal fin and a sleek, streamlined body, and their intelligence makes them incredible predators. Orcas are capable of killing sea lions and great white sharks, but this time, a sweet otter was about to end up in one of these orca’s stomach if it wasn’t for a boat that was floating in the middle of the game of “cat and mouse.”

The encounter of life and death took place in Halibut Cove, Alaska, while John Dornellas was enjoying the day on his boat. He then witnessed the incredible incident of the killer whale trying to catch the otter who jumped on the boat in order to save its life.

Dornellas couldn’t believe what he was seeing. While the scared animal clung to the transom of the boat, the predator swam around unwilling to let go of the prey.

John Dornellas

Once the video was shared online, it caught the attention of many. Speaking of the experience with T&T Creative Media, Dornellas said, “A game of cat-and-mouse followed, with the otter hopping back into the water in an attempt to get away, only for the orca to chase it back up again three or four times.”

John Dornellas

Dornellas decided not to move his boat in fear of hurting either of the animals. Captain Chantrelle Major, who was on the boat next to Dornellas’ filmed the whole thing as well.

They both agree this is something we don’t get to see every day. Isn’t nature amazing all by itself?

Dornellas explained that after the orca swam away, he started up his boat. The otter jumped off when it felt the danger was no longer near.

This video is definitely something you don’t want to miss. Check it out below.