It’s something most of us can only ever dream of. You’re swimming in the ocean, minding your own business, when suddenly a family of sleek marine mammals materialises, joining you as you glide through the water.
That’s what happened to not one, but two swimmers off the coast of New Zealand in recent weeks, as they were joined in the water by families of cavorting orcas (Orcinus orca).
A video currently in the process of going viral was shot by photographer Dylan Brayshaw at Hahei Beach on December 4. He describes seeing a swimmer heading towards a group of three orcas, which began to swim around her.
She got out of the water to collect herself, and when she returned, Brayshaw started filming. The video is absolutely breathtaking – a small family of orcas, including two juveniles, weaving around the swimmer as she pulls herself through the ocean waters.