Seal Climbs on Boat to Escape Killer Whales, Internet Falls in Love
We’ve seen seals climb into boats before, but last time it was just out of curiosity. This time around, it’s pure survival instinct.
A YouTube user going by the name Kirk Fraser uploaded a series of videos detailing one juvenile seal’s harrowing brush with death at the hands (or fins) of a pod of orcas. Here’s his video combining every part in the series:
The video first grabbed the internet’s attention when Redditor smilingfrog posted one of the videos in the series to /r/videos. (It was later removed for a rules violation.) It really blew up, however, when user IamtheDenmarkian posted a .GIF from the video to the /r/gifs subreddit, where it earned over 8,000 upvotes in just a few hours.
It’s easy to see why so many people are riveted by this video. It’s got everything: tension, action, a ticking clock, a cute animal, and nearly insurmountable terror. Though we extend our sympathies to the pod of orcas that had to go without a well-earned meal, we can’t help but root for this plucky little fella. He was facing near-certain death, and he found a way out!
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