Killer whale surfaces by a family's boat
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Shetland family: 'We could smell the killer whales' breath'

A family found themselves just feet away from a pod of inquisitive killer whales off the coast of Shetland.

Laura Crawford was baking a cake for her daughter's birthday when she saw a pod of orcas in the bay below their cottage.

Her husband Euan had been at the bus stop with children Ryan and Elsie on their way to the cinema.

Euan and Laura told BBC Good Morning Scotland how they instead took an impromptu trip on the family's 19ft boat, which brought them very close to the pod of killer whales.

Euan said the family could feel their mist on their faces and smell the whales' "fishy breath".

Footage: John Moncrieff

  • 30 Jul 2013
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