Orcas excite onlookers at a Sunshine Coast beach


WATCH: Pod of orca whales rubbing along West Sechelt beach. Video courtesy Bruce Robinson via Youtube.

Some beachgoers on the Sunshine Coast got a thrill during a close encounter with a pod of whales over the weekend.

Bruce Robinson posted this video on youtube of a pod of orcas rubbing along a pebbly beach near West Sechelt Saturday.

The whales were as close as an estimated 15 feet away while the video was being taken.

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard of the Vancouver Aquarium says the behaviour is common but unique to northern resident killer whales.

The whales’ cultural tradition is called beach rubbing.

With files from CBC.

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