Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pack of Killer Whales Surround, Jostle Family's Boat off Newfoundland

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pack of Killer Whales Surround, Jostle Family's Boat off Newfoundland

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Orca pack jostles Newfoundland family's boat

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BURGEO, N.L. - A father-daughter fishing trip turned dangerous when the family's boat was encircled by a pack of killer whales off Newfoundland.

Norm Strickland said the orcas surrounded and charged his 5.5-metre boat near Burgeo on Saturday.

"I've been in boats all of my life. I've never had a fear," Strickland said Monday. "But I can tell you, that day I was scared ... the boat would capsize."

Strickland said he was cod fishing with his daughter, Elizabeth, and his dog when he spotted an unusual tall, black fin around 45 metres away.

The 67-year-old retired fisherman had never seen an orca in East Coast waters, and suddenly, five or six of them were nudging his boat.

At first, Strickland thought the orcas were just being friendly.

"If you look at advertising ... (for) aquariums, you're led to believe that those things are very playful," he said. "I was saying, 'My god! They're coming so close!'"

Soon, it escalated into what seemed a coordinated bombardment, he said. …

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