LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Paddle Boarder Who Wanted To See Orcas Gets An Up-Close Look

An orca swam directly at — and then under — Rich German's paddle board off the California coast recently.

Rich German says he had been dreaming of getting a close look at orcas. That dream came true recently, as a pod of five orcas swam around — and even under — German while he stood on his paddle board off of Laguna Beach, Calif.

The intimate sighting came after years in which German says he has seen graceful sea animals, from dolphins to blue whales.

Far from being "killer whales," as they're sometimes called, the orcas were "friendly and interactive," German says. He posted a video of the encounter online.

"A lot of people have been asking me if I was afraid," he says. "The truth is, I was too excited to be scared. At one point you'll see me drop to my knees — only because I thought that one of the whales was going to knock me off my board."

Indeed, one of the huge animals swam directly at German, drifting down into a dive just beneath his paddle board.

We spotted German's story at member station KPCC's website.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org