Bloodbath! Rare Video Shows Killer Whales Eating Baby Live Sharks in Monterey Bay
In an extremely rare footage, a drone video has captured two adult female killer whales feasting on two young sharks in Monterey Bay, Califonia.
The footage was captured by drone pilot Slater Moore, who was with a whale watch tour group under the company Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
"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,: Monterey Bay Whale Watch said on their Facebook page.
Moore was aboard the SeaWolfe II on Tuesday when he saw the two killer whales. Moore and the crew saw that the two whales were eating something, so he took the opportunity to fly his drone and capture the one-of-a-kind event.
“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,” said marine biologist Katlyn Taylor via The Verge.
Taylor identified the shark calves as sevengill sharks. These species, according to Shark Sider, is the only common known member of the cowshark family as other members prefer to thrive in deep waters. It can grow as long as 3 meters and 107 kilograms with a lifespan of up to 50 years.
“They’re kinda tricky animals to study. 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," Taylor said. She added via Monterey County Weekly that what makes the video unique is its perspective, giving us a glimpse on how offshore killers eat.
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