In what can be pegged as a very rare footage captured from a drone, a video has been posted online by Monterey Bay Whale Watch wherein Killer whales have been shown devouring a shark alive.
According to the description of the video drone pilot Slater Moore, who was aboard the SeaWolfe II last Tuesday with a whale watch tour group under the company Monterey Bay Whale Watch, managed to capture infrequently sighted Killer Whales in their natural habitats.
His curiosity piqued, he decided to fly his drone and find out what was happening. Turns out, that the two adult female killer whales were feasting on two young sharks!
“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.
“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!” reads the description of the video.
Taylor said that these animals are particularly study as they stay submerged for longer time because of their ability to hold their breath a long time, their ability to swim really fast, and nature of travelling way offshore.
The shark calves were identified as sevengill sharks, which are 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.
Check out the stunning video below: