A FINAL, GRAPHIC, AND VITAL LESSON IN LATE SEASON BEACH SAFETY.
WARNING: THE LINKED VIDEO IS GRAPHIC, TRAGIC AND COULD BE TRAUMATIC TO THE SENSITIVE VIEWER. DO NOT SHOW THIS VIDEO TO CHILDREN UNLESS YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE NIGHTMARES AND LIVE IN FEAR OF THE BEACH FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. A MAN DIES IN THIS VIDEO WHILE STANDING IN ANKLE DEEP WATER.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We've kept most of the original text intact though the shocking video that brought our attention to the issue has been largely discredited. In this post and in the editorial notes added over time the reader can glean what we learned from our photo analytic processes examining the original video. The facts that stand out are; (1) Apex marine predators including Great White Sharks and Killer Whales do occasionally hunt near beaches used by humans in warm seasons. (2) These predators operate in much shallower water than previously commonly thought.
(3) Killer Whales in particular will deliberately ground themselves partly on a beach in pursuit of prey. As demonstrated in the whale /seal depredation videos, Killer Whales can retract off a beach after taking prey almost as well as an elephant seal. (4) Trans-arctic peoples have observed hunting like behavior of Killer Whales relative to humans on ice flows. (5) MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR ORIGINAL ADVICE HOLDS DESPITE DISCOVERY OF PROBABLE PHOTO SHOPPING OF THE VIDEO THAT STARTED THIS REALM OF INQUIRY. WHEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES WARN OF APEX MARINE PREDATOR PRESENCE NEAR YOUR TARGET BEACH WHEN PLANNING A BEACH OUTING.....TAKE TO THE GOLF COURSE. DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER.
Yesterday we noted in one of our posts that local authorities in parts of New England and the West Coast had closed beaches or asked bathers to stay out of the water due to the confirmed presence of Great White sharks. Using videos and scientific information we tried to convince our readers to do what we professionals do when the local authorities advise staying out of the water, go to the golf course. Unfortunately as some of us who have been in the maritime search and rescue business have learned too many people try to bend the rules and get just a little bit wet when they have been warned that large marine apex predators are about.
Great White sharks are not the only apex marine predators that occasionally patrol beaches looking for a meal. If killer whales are in your vicinity and there is reasonably deep water within a few yards of the beach a human strolling the beach may look quite a bit like a large penguin, something they like to eat.
The video you are about to see; if you have the intestinal fortitude for it, when we were sent it had a sound track consisting of the man you will see die and the camera operator exchanging conversation in Spanish. The advertising you see in the YouTube version wasn't there. We believe this is real and not faked though now that it has made it to YouTube they express uncertainty about its origin. We also can't verify its origin, but believe this is a real video of an all too real and tragic event. Editor's note: We have since confirmed that this was most probably a photo shopped video connected with a beer commercial in Latin America. However view our actual video of Orca's catching seals. It confirms the possibility of humans becoming victims in the same way. When the Apex predators are around the beach it's time to break out the golf clubs. No amount of video debunking changes our opinion on that.We believe that this occurred on a virtual wilderness beach on the Pacific side of South America. We have already posted videos of Great White Sharks chasing humans into less than waist deep water.
If you view this video watch closely the movements of the "Killer Whale" as he moves off the beach with the victim. His body undulations are similar to those of an elephant seal. Clearly this animal was willing to deliberately ground himself for a meal with some confidence that he could wallow off again into deep water. We don't think this could happen just anywhere, but we have spots on the West Coast and Alaska with similar hydro- geography as is apparently pictured in this video.
There is no blood or gore in the video. The victim is taken in a second from the head down. As the Killer Whale turns for sea all you see of the victim is a leg hanging out of the predator's mouth not moving. We hope by presenting this admittedly shocking video we will help get our advice across. No matter how much you had your mind set on the beach when the local authorities close the beach due to the presence of apex marine predators, stay out, stay all the way out of the water!