22/05/2015 06:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:59 BST

Watch This Paddle Boarder Become Best Friends With An Orca Killer Whale

When Luke Reilly decided to go on a nice calm paddle boarding session off the northern coast of New Zealand, the last thing he expected was to have any company.

Well company is precisely what he did have, in the form of a killer whale. The giant orca had been curiously tailing Reilly for the last few minutes.

Rather than panic, Reilly watched on with utter fascination as the animal closed in on the paddle board to investigate.

Gently nudging it the whale even gave the board a tentative nibble. Upon deciding that stingray was a far more enjoyable breakfast the orca pulled away and disappeared into the depths.


Speaking about his experience to 3News New Zealand, Reilly said: "I was a bit nervous thinking, 'what's this guy going to do?'"

"It's just being in the right place at the right time to notice that they're there,"