Orca’s Adventure

By Swarup Nandakumar. Swarup, 12, is a student at Sri Kumarans Children’s Home and is in 7th grade. He lives in Bangalore, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

My parents said I first saw daylight (more like ocean light) in an ocean near the Arctic. Excuse me as I’m not very familiar with the ocean names, you, humans call it. That’s all I ever heard them say but since then it has been quite an adventure.

I am an Orca but I wouldn’t say a killer whale as I never really liked killing. But, of course, I loved the meat! So, I usually would stay at the back of my herd. Letting them to do the killing and I would do most of the eating. After years of success this finally backfired.

One day when I was watching my buddies attacking a cephalopod, suddenly a group of whale hunters (who were sneaking behind me) caught me and later sold me to a water park. It was a pretty nice one but it was much smaller than the ocean. Every day, children would come and wave at me through the glass and I would try to do stunts. When I was about 12 years old I began to wonder where my parents had gone, even though it was time for me to be mature. I dreamed of finding them one day. It was then that my life changing adventure began.

A science lab, in that city called San Diego, was desperate to study an orca, and when they heard of me, they came and bought me for a huge price. I have no clue what they actually did to me but I know what they said they did to me. Yeah, so… according to them they did head surgery on me and did a bunch of experiments on my brain, I don’t even know how that is possible, but on the bright side that made me smarter and of course, how could I forget? They gave me a personal free jacuzzi! Altered to my size obviously.

They smartened me to such an extent that I could learn things as fast as regular humans. Using this ability, I learnt to communicate in English with humans, the one thing I always wanted to do. And once I could understand humans I started making some money. It was initially just a passion of mine to prevent whales and other sea creatures from being tortured, to learn stunts without even knowing what they were supposed to do, in a water zoo near the lab. So, I used to listen to the humans then explain the instructions to other creatures. I continued with this for another year and a half.

During the middle of the second year a familiar scientist came running up to me and said that a herd of killer whales have been found near the coast and so, to prevent them any harm, I must go and warn them about the dangers.

By the next day all the preparations were ready, the boats to carry me…. We set out to the whales. Within a few hours I could see them, they were feeding on some animal. Therefore, I asked my mates to put me into the water a little further from them so that they wouldn’t get disturbed by the rumbling sound of the ships. As soon as they let me free, obviously with a tracker attached to me, I went straight for the meat. Hey! Don’t blame me for that, it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten fresh meat from the ocean. By afternoon I told the herd that they were too near the shore and asked them to go back towards the ocean to be safe. But the herd somewhat felt familiar, like I had been in it a long time ago.

My suspicions of the relation between the herd and me were true when I found my long-lost friend coming towards me. In pure excitement I told them everything that had happened to me and that I could talk with humans and everything…

It occurred to me that the scientists would be waiting for me to return, but I wanted to stay with my herd. My friend then suggested that I could go and ask the humans if I could stay. And I did just that! They seemed fine with it but requested me to attach a speaker like thing so that whenever the humans needed some help I could come to their service. With that I left and hunted peacefully with my herd, fulfilling my once long-ago dream. Of course, until I heard a loud “PING!!!!” sound from the speaker.

32 comments on “Orca’s Adventure

  1. Jyoti Priya on

    Nice creative writing . Swarup you have written so excellently that it makes me raise my eyebrows . I admire you and really impressed. Guess we will be seeing more of your writing from now on . All the best !

  2. Jayanthi on

    Excellent effort, dear Swarup!
    The plot is very well planned and the details are apt. I enjoyed reading the story thoroughly. Keep writing!
    Best wishes!

  3. Janette Conger on

    This sounds very much like a poem I wrote around the same time as this piece. The way it is from the Orca.. The way it was caught.. Not real sure if this is plagerized, but it sure sounds like my poem. If you would like further info or a copy of the poem, please contact me.

    • Janette Conger on

      Native American Woman Poetry by Janette Conger.. You will see my poem.. LISTEN TO THE ORCA.. and TOKITAE.. I wrote these poems..


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