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Drone Footage from California shows Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark
A video captured by a wildlife photographer on Monterey Bay Whale Watch tour shows a group of killer whales eating a still-living shark. The video shared by wildlife photographer Slater Moore showcases the speed at which killer whales finished up the shark.
Mr. Moore captured the amazing footage with his drone mounted camera. In video shows two adult female killer whales and two calves finishing up a still-living shark. It is quite rare to spot whales attacking a shark as they usually hunt and feed underwater.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch owner and marine biologist Nancy Black has witnessed many killer whale attacks in the past. Last year, Black noticed killer whales chasing a group of sea lions. As killer whales reached sea lions, they were chased away by humpback whales. But soon, they found another group of sea lions. Whale watchers generally term humpback whales as the humanitarians of the sea.
Killer whales are the largest dolphins and their food includes fish, seals, sea lions and even whales at times. Many times, killer whales have been chased away by humpback whales.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch group informed on its Facebook page, “This ecotype of Killer Whales often travels in large groups and were seen about this time last December. We saw about 25 individuals and we have footage of them feeding on a Sevengill Shark!”
Marine biologist Katlyn Taylor said, “All of a sudden one of them brought it up, brought up the whole shark — and it was still alive, it was squirming around.” Taylor added that the shark attacked by killer whales was probably a sevengill shark. They usually grow up to 10 feet and this one was around 5 feet, Taylor informed.
Talking about the rare incident captured during the whale watching tour, Taylor said, “They hold their breath a long time, they swim really fast, they travel way offshore. That’s part of the fun though, you never know what’s going to happen. Like watching two baby whales, and, probably, their mothers, eat a shark alive.”
A report published by Mercury News informed, “Scientists say it’s possible humpbacks might be proactively protecting their kin as well, but they need to study the issue further to be sure.”
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of humpbacks and killer whales in action in the Monterey Bay, Black said, it shouldn’t be hard: The bay’s unique topography creates a high concentration of humpback food — krill and small fish like sardines — close to shore.