New Zealand kayaker Timothy Stewart found himself looking down into the water and coming face-to-orca with a curious killer whale and the rest of its pod. Then he did something not every kayaker would do: He abandoned ship and joined the 13-foot (4 meter) marine mammal for a swim. Or, as stuff.co.nz reported, he joined it for a dance.
"My natural spontaneous reaction to feel at one with them pulled me into the water, and gazing into the open mouth of my dance partner showing her teeth was surreal," Stewart told the site.
As the luck of the modern age would have it, Sam Kynman-Cole, of TopVIEW Photography, was piloting a drone overhead and recorded the entire encounter.
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The special swim took place in Army Bay, off Auckland. In the video, Stewart can be seen hopping into the water and taking a swim with the orca, which remained incredibly close to its new human friend, its mouth frequently open.
The orca follows Stewart when the kayaker decides to return to his vessel, the giant cetacean looking for all the world as though it's nipping at the man's heels.
"I headed back to the kayak slowly not realizing she was following on my heels," Stewart told Stuff.