Orca whale steals fisherman’s catch off the line

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz

Fishing in Alaska could hook you a bigger catch than your line can hold.

A video posted online on June 8 shows a fishing rod dangling into unidentified waters, while men chat off-camera about catching a Halibut.

Then a fish surfaces, hooked to the line. The fish didn't last long enough to become dinner, but these fisherman certainly had a Halibut encounter — with an orca whale.

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The whale appears at the surface, biting at the fish as the men in the boat marvel at who is stealing their catch.

Be warned, there is one expletive in the video.

Alaska Life also uploaded the video to its Facebook page where it's been shared more than 28,000 times. The YouTube version has more than 200,000 views.

Grind TV wrote that the fisherman seemed to know the orca was in the vicinity, suggesting perhaps they were luring the whale with the fish.

Past whale encounters have given boaters a fright, including canoers who uploaded a video in February of their frightening introduction to a humpback whale when it bumped the underside of their boat.

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A group of surfers dashed for shore in Tofino, B.C. this winter when they realized a pod of orcas was mid-hunt behind them.

Holy mackerel, that's a day on the water.