That was stunning.
Steven Sloan, joined by friends Michael Niccum and Eugene Dight were on an aluminium rowboat when the encounter occurred off the west coast of Anderson Island, Washington.
Filming from the boat, Steven captured the orcas swimming from afar – two of them can be seen jumping from the water.
The group on the boat cheer and yell in excitement at what they are witnessing as the whales appear to start moving closer to the boat.
According to Steven, the group believe that the rope being pulled along the side of the boat is what attracted the pod to them, as its distinctive sound disturbed the whales.
Commenting on their approach, one of the group can be heard saying: ‘They’re probably coming to check us out.’
Before later adding: ‘That is like 50 yards from us,’ as the marine mammals continue to head in the direction of their boat.
After suggesting that it might be a good idea to start rowing away, one of the group begins panicking and shouts: ‘Guys we need to get out of here, it’s coming right at us.’
He then states: ‘We need to sit down in the boat. We need to get out of here. It is probably under us. This is really dangerous, I’m scared.’
Suddenly an orca emerges from the water right beside the boat and the panicked member of the group screams in shock.
Meanwhile the killer whales begin circling and swimming dangerously close to and underneath the tiny boat.