Delighted boaters receive an unexpected orca escort

Tourists spend hundreds of dollars and hours of their time trying to catch a glimpse of whales. We perch on the edge of the boat, binoculars and cameras ready, hoping to get a brief eyeful of these graceful sea mammals.

Which is why this video is remarkable. Not only does this lucky group get up close and personal with an orca pod, they receive a personal escort. Multiple orcas hop in and out of the water as they keep pace with the delighted passengers.

Like other dolphins, orcas are incredibly intelligent, possessing their own culture and language. Videos like this remind us of the beauty of these playful animals, and why it’s important to keep them free.