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Incredible Footage of Orcas Eating a Shark Shows Why They’re “Killer” Whales

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Killer whales live up to their name in this amazing footage of a whale pod playing with shark.

Drone footage shot off the coast of Monterey, California recently captured an amazing scene. A pod of Orcas, better known as killer whales, are seen in the video passing around a still-alive sevengill shark.

In what appears to be a teaching experience, a larger whale is seen gripping the shark before letting go to allow calves a taste. Researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger doesn’t believe anyone has ever captured this prey sharing on video before.

Here’s the video: 

It’s not entirely uncommon for whales to eat small shark species. However, this might be the first documented experience of sharks eating a sevengill shark.

Offshore Orcas commonly prey on tuna, opah, and other pelagic fish. The last sighting of off-shore orcas in Monterrey was last December. This was almost one year to the day from when this pod was spotted.

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Incredible Footage of Orcas Eating a Shark Shows Why They’re “Killer” Whales