WATCH: Scary or cute? Orca nibbles on paddle board

Cape Town - A stand up paddle boarder got a bit closer to nature than he bargained for when a Orca swam up and nibbled on his board.  

Luke Reilly was about 200m off shore from the coast of Kuaotunu in north of Whitianga, on New Zealand’s North Island when he suddenly realised he had company, The Independent reports. 

GoPro at the ready, Reilly captured footage of the Orca whale swimming right up and lolling in the water next to him. The scene is all serene, until suddenly the sea creature's mood seems to change. 

WATCH: Scary or cute? Killer whale nibbles stand-up paddle board


For a moment or two the Killer Whale disappears and then suddenly resurfaces right behind Reilly. As he swims closer he opens his mouth and then... snap!... bites the board. 

Reilly can be heard screaming in the background: "What are you doing?" after which the Orca unceremoniously sets off on his own mission again. 

While we're pretty sure Reilly must have gotten the shock of his life, it still looks like a magical experience to us!

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