Killer Whale Caught On Video Eating A Shark Alive

Posted: Dec 16 2016, 4:22am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Killer Whale Caught on Video Eating a Shark Alive
  • Enigmatic Killer Whale Caught on Film Preying on Shark
 

An enigmatic killer whale was recently caught on film preying on a shark.

A rare killer whale was observed to kill and eat a shark recently. The whole action sequence was caught on film. As for the venue, it was off the coast of California. A drone was employed by photographer Slater Moore to catch the footage of this rare event.

Two killer whale females and calves were then seen hauling in the shark into Monterey Bay as a nice and tasty meal for the group. The killer whales were a part of a group of more than two dozen similar marine animals. 

The footage was taken by Monterey Bay Whale Watch. The poor shark was a Sevengill. One of the team members said that usually killer whales had not been observed when they preyed.

Yet here was evidence that pointed in the direction of these animals tearing apart a Sevengill shark. These killer whales tend to specialize in the hunting and consumption of sharks.

Also they feed on some offshore fish. It was indeed sheer luck that the team had caught the killer whales eating the shark on camera. 

These offshore killer whales keep away from the land. They were 9 miles inland. Thus seeing them in their feeding behavior is a rare sight. Not only are they seldom observed but they are the least understood of marine mammals.

Usually they travel the high waves in groups of 25 to 75, according to HuffingtonPost. However, pods that amount to 200 killer whales have also been known to be a common occurrence.

Such orcas or killer whales are rarely seen. Encounters with them are elusive. They mainly feature in the outer continental shelf. If and when they do get encountered it is usually in groups of 50 or more individuals. 

Most of them have pared down teeth showing that they eat rough-skinned animals (which means they mainly eat sharks). Such killer whales are spotted in Monterey Bay at least once a year.

The animals are a queer lot. They tend to hold their breath underwater and so are hard to detect. Also they swim really fast which again allows them to escape any human observation.

As for their travel agenda, it is way out there on the high seas. With these sea creatures, detecting them becomes a game of fun and exhilaration since you never know when they will turn up and when they will disappear. 

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