I suppose there's a trade off between experiencing the wild through your television, or taking the chance of encounters on-site - some people choose to live their lives cautiously; others prefer risk. People are different - but I can tell you quite clearly which ones are the more interesting ones at cocktail parties ;)
New video with a gray whale interaction
Don't know what to really say except to thank the diver over and over again - you've restored my faith in some of the people in this world.
chi2capcorn is absolutely right - females reach 90-100, and males reach 60 in the wild. Here in the PNW, we`ve got the entire southern residents photo-tagged, and many of our whales (J1, J2, J8, K12, K13, L2, L5, L25, L26, L41, etc) have lived past 50 - a fact acknowledged by the US government (National Marine Fisheries Service) - I think ianaim1983 works for a marine park pr dept - if not, let`s hear your feedback on why dozens of our SRKW`s like J-1 etc. are proven to have survived so long.
Amazing experience and great video, thank you! It`s also amusing to read the really uneducated comments from twits like jin7210, shiftyfcker321, cfb52006, who clearly have no clue about wildlife, and that wild orcas do not harm people - reasonably intelligent folks always get a chuckle at how dim some people out there are. Ignore people like them - they represent the weak end of our gene pool.