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Amateur video taken Wednesday shows an orca family in shallow water rubbing themselves on stones.

Amazing video of orcas at the water's edge in B.C.


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 11:19 AM - It's definitely one of those "you had to be there" moments, but the video above comes close to conveying the wonder.

Shot on a beach near Campbell River, B.C. (according to the CBC), it shows four orcas astonishingly close to the shore, coming in one by one to rub their bellies on the smooth stones that characterize many west coast beaches.

Here's the full video, uploaded to YouTube by user Chris Wilton last week:

Orcas, also known as killer whales, have been known to display this behaviour, and the Vancouver Aquarium says it's a social behaviour among the species.

The aquarium says they can be seen usually from April to November, although some can be seen all round. There are an estimated 300 of them living along the coast, with more than 200 hundred others that pass through the area, many of them individually identified by researchers.

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