Killer whales hunt 9-foot white shark in drone video

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Incredible drone footage released during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel shows the moment three orcas in South Africa’s Mossel Bay hunt and kill a 9-foot-long great white shark.

The gory video, which was reportedly filmed during the filming of “Shark Week” earlier this year, was shown Thursday in a “House of the Sharks” special.

Killer whale biting a shark around his liver, with a cloud of blood dripping into the greenish-colored water.

The clip, part of South African marine biologist Alison Towner’s years of work with great whites, shares what she wrote on her Instagram as “one of the most incredible bits of natural history ever caught on film.”

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Three killer whales prey on a nine-foot-long great white shark.

Three killer whales prey on a nine-foot-long great white shark.
(Source: Shark Discovery Week)

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

Although Towner noted that Mossel Bay noticed the disappearance of large whites, this is “the first in the world drone footage of killer whales hunting white shark.

The moment of the attack of three killer whales

The moment of the attack of three killer whales
(Source: Shark Discovery Week)

“It first time in South Africa it has ever been documented as direct evidence,” she said.

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The researchers, she told the publication, had evidence of killer whale attacks on white sharks before, and the data showed a change in killer whales’ cycling habits.

Two killer whales hunt a shark

Two killer whales hunt a shark
(Source: Shark Discovery Week)

Towner’s article, published in the African Journal of Marine Science, explores this topic in more detail.

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“The reality is that their movement has been very difficult due to the increased risk of killer whale predation, and now the total number of dead white sharks has reached [eight] and another bronze whaling shark since this article was filed,” Towner wrote on Instagram. Last week, together with the Academy of Marine Dynamics team, I performed another autopsy on a dead great white shark…”

Shark Week takes place on Saturdays.