J-Bay Open

Wildlife Spotted in J-Bay Lineup

James Royce

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.

Elite Venture Into the Open
Get ready for racing walls of perfection off the wild coast of South Africa as the world's best clash in the J-Bay Open.

"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.