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Wildlife Spotted in J-Bay Lineup

As the men's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour looks forward to Stop No. 6, the J-Bay Open, an unusual visitor was spotted in the Supertubes lineup last week.

According to JBayNews.com, the conditions at J-Bay were small and no surfers were present when a massive fin emerged from the water.

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"It turned out to be an orca (also known as a killer whale) and was about 10 meters in length. It was a massive fish and if anybody had been surfing, they would have got a huge fright," local surf photographer Robbie Irlam told JBayNews. Irlam was able to snap a photo of the orca before it disappeared beneath the surf.

While orcas are present throughout South Africa, they are rarely seen at Jeffreys Bay, a spot known mostly for its shark population. However, this isn't the first time these creatures have found themselves outside their natural habitats. A busy lineup of surfers in Uluwatu, Indonesia were surprised when an orca fin emerged near them last September. Several more were spotted just a month later in Oceanside, Calif., as well.

Orcas have been a topic of discussion within the surf world lately. In early June Kelly Slater (USA) released a statement on behalf of the non-profit PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) regarding orcas in captivity. Slater also collaborated with RVCA artist Kevin Ancell earlier this year for a series of orca inspired boards.

Slater reveals his board design to raise awareness about Orcas in captivity. Kelly Slater shows off his orca-inspired surfboard design. WSL

Although orcas are the top predators in the marine ecosystem, attacks on humans are extremely rare.

The J-Bay Open has an event window of July 8 - 19, 2015, and will be LIVE here and on the WSL app.

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