By Stephen Sorace
Published June 10, 2019
Got Stryper Charters and Baits shared a video of the killer whale racing with dolphins alongside the boat.
Captain Kelly Zimmerman, who works for the Chatham-based charter company, recalled the “mind-blowing” 20-minute encounter.
“My heart was pounding out of my chest when it came beside the boat,” he told The Boston Globe.
The vessel was about 70 miles offshore during a 15-hour trip scouting for tuna when the orca and a few dolphins appeared, the Globe reported. The mammals followed their bow even as Zimmerman tried to change course.
“We kept trying to steer away from it and make little course changes and it just stuck right there beneath our pulpit,” he told the paper. “It was breathtaking.”
The black-and-white mammals can be found in all oceans, though prefer coastal waters and cooler regions, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
An official with the charter company wrote it was “one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in a while.”