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Clever seal escapes killer whales by hopping aboard a boat

This seal escaped by the skin of its tail.

The resourceful mammal managed to evade a dozen killer whales that were out on the prowl looking for their next meal.

In a series of videos uploaded to YouTube by user Kirk Fraser, the savvy seal is seen flailing and then hopping onto the back of a family's boat, all while looking pretty frightened.

"Look at this!" one passenger says after the quick-thinking seal climbs to safety near the boat's motor.

But the pack of orcas makes a big splash around the boat to signal that they're not giving up yet.

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After a few minutes, the seal falls off the deck, but manages to quickly scramble back aboard.

The video was shot off Canada's Vancouver Island, according to a comment from Fraser.

Editor's note: This video contains graphic language.

"Are they going to get mad? Oh my God, oh my God," a woman says in one moment, as the hungry orcas continue to circle.

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In his description of the video, Fraser explains that the seal fell off the boat three times, but managed to escape when the whales gave up after about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Near the end of the video, the seal can be seen swimming away in the ocean.

"Well done, bud. You survived!" one man cheers as the boat motors away.

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