It is rare to see this type of footage, and thanks to Slater Moore, a drone pilot who shared the video on Facebook. The video showing a family of offshore killer whales tearing apart a shark and eating it alive has hone viral on social media.
Two adult female offshore killer whales and two calves eating a shark in California’s Montereu Bay, is a rare sight to capture this killer whales on camera, which is called as the ‘Offshore killer whales’, and moreover, it’s rare to catch them eating.
When Moore was on the seas, he saw a group of killer whales eating something, he immediately flew a drone over to see what’s happening there.
Watch Offshore Killer Whales clutching a 5-feet long live Sevengill Shark
Offshore Killer Whales today! We encountered these infrequently sighted Killer Whales on the 9am trip aboard the SeaWolf II. 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! These whales are typically smaller in size than the Bigg's or transient Killer Whale type and they had several very young calves with them! Great encounter! Video by Slater Moore Photography. Music: Elegant-commercial-piano it's on melodyloops.com
Posted by Monterey Bay Whale Watch on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
“And all of a sudden one of them brought it up, brought up the whole shark — and it was still alive, it was squirming around,” says Katlyn Taylor, a marine biologist. The shark should be probably a sevengill shark, which would grow up to 10 feet long. The one in video is about 5 feet long, though bigger than the calves were.
It is rare to catch offshore whales, and that too eating, as they eat fish, shark and squids underwater. Also, it is hard to see them, as they make their appearance once in every year or so.
“They’re kinda tricky animals to study,” Taylor says. “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.
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