Watch killer whales eat a shark alive

Watch killer whales eat a shark alive

Kenneth Drake
December 20, 2016

While killer whales, or orcas, are technically one species, it does consist of subgroups dubbed "transient", "offshore", and "resident", according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The offshore orcas are seen just once a year in Monterey Bay. There were two females and two calves, and the crew could tell they were eating something. Furthermore, they do not know for sure where exactly do offshore orcas spend their time in between periods when they surface.

It's extremely rare to see these specific whales, identified by the company as offshore killer whales, let alone seeing them feed.

Aerial footage shows a huge orca swimming with shark in its mouth in Monterey Bay, California.

Almost one week ago, a group of orcas was filmed while attacking and feasting on a shark off the coast of California.

The Center for Whale Research says that only a handful of offshore orcas have been encountered in the inland waters of British Columbia and Washington State. "This ecotype of Killer Whales often travels in large groups and were seen about this time last December". The species has been spotted moving in pods of up to 200 members, however.

"Some animals if they're attacked by a predator, instead of fleeing or fighting, they simply become still", Ms Schramm said.

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The shark captured on the footage is estimated to be somewhere around five-feet long, although it is normal for sevengill sharks to grow as much as up to 10-feet.

Taylor confesses that studying offshore killer whales is quite challenging because they are capable of holding their breath for a long time.

Also, their teeth are usually damaged because the shark skin is hard to chew.

However, she said that it's part of what makes it fun since people don't really know what's going to happen when they observe these creatures.

A drone pilot has captured rare footage of several killer whales ganging up on a single shark and devouring it while it was still alive. Inhabiting the Pacific and the Southern Atlantic, sevengill sharks are notably common in the San Francisco Bay area, particularly around Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.