Orcas Eat Great White Sharks On Camera for First Time
Orcas and great white sharks have long duked it out for a top spot in the ocean food chain. Based on size alone, we can feel pretty comfortable giving orcas the title, since the average orca weighs upwards of 7,000 pounds while female great whites (which dwarf their male counterparts) top out at around 5,000 pounds.
This disparity in size isn’t the only proof of orca superiority. Scientists have long accepted that orcas prey on great whites and other shark species based on tourist accounts and washed-up carcasses with livers and other organs expertly removed. However, no one has ever documented direct predation on aerial video before.
That changed on the afternoon of May 16, 2022, when a hobbyist drone pilot flew a drone over a group of five killer whales near Hartenbos Beach on the southern coast of South Africa. The drone filmed one of the orcas pushing a 9-foot-long shark carcass to the surface of the water near two other orcas. The three whales then began to…