Sharks aren’t the top predator in marine world: videos show
Many people consider sharks as the most ferocious marine creature but a recently captured drone video showed that sharks aren't the top predator in the marine world after all.
During a whale-watching trip in Monterey Bay, photographer Slater Moore caught two adult killer whales feasting on two young sharks on camera. One of the two young sharks was still wriggling as the whales were tearing into their bodies.
Moore captured the heart-shaking footage using a drone camera after he noticed from aboard the SeaWolfe II the killer whales were tearing into something. The drone video showed the encounter between the killer whales and the young sharks.
In a separate incident occurred in the spring of 2015, marine biologist Nancy Black was on a killer whale-watching tour in the area, when she captured a group of killer whales surrounding a sea lion. Soon, some humpback whales charged the attack, and forced the killer whales to retreat.
However, the chaos wasn't over as the killer whales soon attacked another sea lion, but another group of humpbacks charged them again and the killer whales were forced again to leave without a meal.
Black, the owner of the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, said, "The killer whales just gave up after that. There were so many humpbacks around; they were not going to get anything in that area."
Due to this behavior, humpback whales are also called the "humanitarians" of the sea, but marine biologists believe that their behavior might not be as selfless as it appears because humpbacks might actually be trying to protect their own families from killer whales and not sea lions or other creatures.
A report published by NBC informed, "The video was posted on Dec. 13 by Slater Moore Photography on Facebook, and was viewed nearly 500,000 times and shared more than 1,300 times."
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.