Incredible new drone footage has captured the moment when a swimmer off Hahei beach in New Zealand realized she was not alone in the waters and what transpired is absolutely amazing.
Julie Johnson was partaking in her normal swim when she realized there was something under her.
“There was a shape that went under me, like a huge shape and I thought dolphins. I was quite excited, and then I saw the great white color on the back,” Johnson told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS.
Realizing Orcas had circled her, she quickly scrambled to the shore line but after speaking with other people on the beach, she surprisingly went back to the water and and what took place is pure beauty.
Once Johnson entered back into the water, it gave Australian surf photographer Dylan Brayshaw the chance to get his drone up and running to capture the moment.
As beautiful as the video appears, if you take a closer look, the video reveals a grim reality of what today’s oceans have become. If you zoom in or look very closely, a white item that appears to be a plastic bag is hanging out of the mouth of the juvenile orca whale as they circle the swimmer.
Whether the whale is purposely holding this item or it is stuck in the mouth of the mammal, the video summarizes the state of the oceans very well.
So much of the planets plastic is ending up in the ocean that in just a few years, we might end up with a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the sea. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that is already in the deep blue.
Plastic has been found in more than 60% of all seabirds and in 100% of sea turtles species, that mistake plastic for food. And when animals ingest plastic, it can cause life-threatening problems, with countless examples such as this dolphin or this sperm whale that died with 13 pounds of plastic in its stomach.
While the world is starting to take notice, it is at a rate which is much to slow to prevent the continued pollution of the seas. The best thing you can do is to reduce your overall plastic usage, talk to anyone and everyone you can, and write to your local businesses, politicians and anyone of influence to try and help end this crisis.