Orca whales chase 9-foot great white shark in drone video

Orca whales chase 9-foot great white shark in drone video

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Incredible drone footage shared during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week shows the moment three orca whales hunt and kill a 9ft great white shark in South Africa’s Mossel Bay.

The gory video, which was reportedly captured during the filming of Shark Week earlier this year, aired on Thursday’s Shark House special.

The orca bites the shark around its liver, sending a cloud of blood into the green-tinted water.

The clip is part of South Africa-based marine biologist Alison Towner’s longstanding work with great white sharks and shares what she wrote on her Instagram: “One of the most incredible pieces of natural history ever captured on film”.

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Three killer whales are chasing a ten foot great white shark

Three killer whales are chasing a ten foot great white shark
(Image credit: Shark Week by Discovery)

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the scientist said she had been studying the movement ecology of great white sharks for 15 years.

While Towner noted that Mossel Bay had noticed the disappearance of great white sharks, this is “the world’s first drone footage of orca eating a great white shark”.

The moment the three killer whales attack

The moment the three killer whales attack
(Image credit: Shark Week by Discovery)

“It’s the first time in South Africa that it’s ever been documented as direct evidence,” she said.

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Researchers, she told the outlet, had previously had evidence of killer whale attacks on great white sharks, and data had revealed a change in orcas’ cycling habits.

Two of the killer whales are chasing the shark

Two of the killer whales are chasing the shark
(Image credit: Shark Week by Discovery)

Towner’s article, published in the African Journal of Marine Science, goes into more depth on the subject.

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“The reality is that their movement has been very upset by the increased risk of orca predation and now the total number of great white shark deaths has increased [eight] and another bronze whaler since this paper was filed,” Towner wrote on Instagram. “These are just the carcasses that we know have been washed out. Last week, along with the Marine Dynamics Academy team, I performed another autopsy on a dead great white shark…”

Shark Week runs through Saturday.

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