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Killer Whales Toy With Shark Before Brutally Tearing It Apart

Written by Gavin Lee
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If you’ve ever seen an outdoor cat toy with a mouse or bird before eventually eating it, know it’s not just the feline world that plays with their food. In this shocking video from Slater Moore Photography, two killer whales toy with a full grown shark before feeding it to their young. The video, backed by a hauntingly repetitive piano track, was filmed in Monterey Bay on December 13th, an area known for its whale sightings.

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While it seems as though the shark isn’t fighting back at all, it’s likely in a state of ‘tonic immobility’ after the whales turn it upside down. This is a common tactic of larger whales when hunting sharks, as seen in the documentary ‘The Whale That Ate Jaws’ from National Geographic. Sharks end up in a state of near-paralysis when turned, letting the mothers play for a bit before giving it to their young.

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The drone footage is a rarity as pods of orcas this large are not often seen at all, let alone when they are feeding. As many as seven whales are seen in the video, though eyewitness accounts put the pod at 25.

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The whales circle the paralyzed creature several times, taking chunks out of its body before eventually finishing it off. While sharks are obviously high-end predators, nothing can quite compare with the orca. This apex-predator eats everything from birds to seals if they get close enough to the water. They’ve been known to attack in captivity from time to time, but generally don’t go after humans.

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The drone footage is a rarity as pods of orcas this large are not often seen at all, let alone when they are feeding. As many as seven whales are seen in the video, though eyewitness accounts put the pod at 25.

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The whales circle the paralyzed creature several times, taking chunks out of its body before eventually finishing it off. While sharks are obviously high-end predators, nothing can quite compare with the orca. This apex-predator eats everything from birds to seals if they get close enough to the water. They’ve been known to attack in captivity from time to time, but generally don’t go after humans.

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