BRITISH COLUMBIA

Clever Seal Hops On Boat To Escape Killer Whales In B.C.'s Desolation Sound

08/17/2015 03:12 EDT | Updated 08/18/2015 06:59 EDT

Not today, whales, not today.

On Friday, a harbour seal escaped a hungry group of orcas by simply outsmarting them — and it's a rather impressive move.

seal on boat

Josh McInnes, a transient orca researcher, was studying two pods near Campbell River when the whales started circling something.

"We thought they may have killed a seal and were feeding on it," McInnes told The Huffington Post B.C. in an email.

Eventually, the orcas swam away, and the researchers realized what had been causing all the commotion.

The "very lucky" seal was perched neatly on a Zodiac, sitting out of the whales' reach.

seal on boat

Michelle Wigmore was sightseeing with her husband when they noticed the unexpected guest in their dinghy, according to Global News.

“It was just breathtaking and heartbreaking in a way because you don’t want to get in the middle of a hunt and affect wildlife and affect nature," Wigmore told the outlet. "But at the same time, you feel sort of sorry for the seal, but you know that this is how these transient orcas survive.”

McInnes said sea lions and seals often jump into boats to avoid killer whales, especially during the summer when pups are born.

Safe to say, we give this move the seal of approval. (#SorryNotSorry.)

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