Drone Pilot Captures Stunning Video Of Killer Whales Eating A Shark Alive

By | March 19, 2017

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With technology adapting so quickly, humans have been able to capture footage of the world that we might not have been able to see before. With devices such as smart phones and drones, we can capture pretty much anything.

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Professional photographer Slater Moore has a passion for marine life and has been taking photos at sea since 2012. While he was on the SeaWolfe II with the Monterrey Bay Whale Watch company, the group got a chance to spot something very interesting and rare.

Splashing in the waters was an assumed family of killer whales with two adult females and two calves. It was clear to the group that they had been preying on something, and that’s when the whales bring a shark to the surface!

Action like this among killer whales is rare so naturally Slater flew his drone over to get a closer look. Check out the video on the next page and watch as the whales wrestle the shark that is still alive. The video isn’t gruesome, it’s actually quite interesting to watch the way they circle the shark and interact with each other. When the drone zooms in you can actually see the separate shapes and colors of the adult and baby whales. In this picture, you can see the white shape of the shark in the whales mouth.

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Killer whales don’t usually go after sharks because–like squids–the sharks stay in deeper waters and are harder to find. Though they normally prey on fish, scientists have concluded that the killer whales must prey on sharks more often than they thought because bits of shark have been found in the bodies of washed up killer whalers. This usually causes their teeth to be worn out from preying on the rough skin of a shark.

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Studying killer whales has always been a bit difficult as they can hold their breath for long periods of time and swim very fast. Marine biologist Katlyn Taylor says that the shark they were preying on was a broadnose sevengill shark which can grow up to 10 feet long. However this shark was about half that size.

Watching the baby whales, and most likely their mothers, prey on the deadly predator is pretty cool. Even though scientists are still unaware of all aspects of the killer whale–such as knowing where they go for most of the year–with technology like drones perhaps they’ll be able to discover some more facts about the massive sea mammals. Check out the full video below.

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