A spectacular underwater shot shared on YouTube shows a diver surrounded by about 50 orcas in Norway. It was shot by wildlife film photographer Didier Noirot.
The video was shot in Skjervoy, Northern Norway, and posted on Mr. Noirot’s YouTube channel, Subimagery Productions Sarl. The caption of the post read: “After a 4000km road trip from France to Norway, Didier Noirot meets friends in Skjervoy. From there they embark on a journey on a sailboat through the fjords to look for orcas and whales that feed on herring. .”
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Speak with news weekMr. Noirot said the video was shot in November when a large number of orcas swarm through the fjords to take advantage of herring escaping from fishing nets. He added that he took several long journeys to capture the footage.
“I left France by van and hauled my rib to Skjervoy in northern Norway where the action is taking place. It’s a 8000km round trip from where I live in France… Six days travel one way…Once in Skjervoy, I rented a 46-foot sailboat… and sailed to look for orcas in the fjords. To help me, I asked three friends to join me on the trip,” he told media.
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In the video you can see orca dorsal fins emerging from the water. Fishermen can also be seen in the background as the orcas begin to flock around the fishing nets. Other whale species, such as humpback whales, can also be spotted during the feast.
Furthermore, the images, which were taken underwater, show dozens of orcas swimming through the depths, catching the escaped fish in their mouths. Mr Noirot said that despite the huge amount of orcas swimming in the area, “no special preparation” is needed for this type of diving. He told news week that the “water is not extremely cold (+42.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and orcas are not dangerous to divers or humans”.
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Also in the images, the orca does not seem aware of the presence of Mr. Noirot. There are also no recorded cases of a wild orca causing harm to a human being. According to the outlet, the only known injuries and fatalities are related to orcas in captivity.
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