Killer Whales Attack Blue Whale [Rare Drone Footage]

Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A pod of killer whales were filmed harassing a blue whale in some amazing footage shot by a drone.

Killer whales harass Blue Whale

The rare sighting occurred near Monetery Bay, California. Researchers who saw the encounter said the coordinated attack was likely just for fun and not an actual hunt. Orcas are known to engage in playful activity with would-be prey, such as stingrays and seals.

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In the video above, the blue whale leaves the orca encounter unscathed. However, this is not always the case. In some rare sightings, killer whales have been recorded hunting and killing blue whales.

The instagram post below captures one such sighting, in which a pod of 50 killer whales hunted a massive blue whale.

The caption tells us that the wounded blue whale “fought on for almost an hour before giving in and was held under long enough to drown and/or bleed out. In awe, we witnessed about 50 killer whales feed on their prize for the next 6 hours, then the winds and sea forced our return to port.”

They are called killer whales for a reason, after all.

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