Killer whales gang up to attack a great white shark in incredible ‘world first’
A grizzly sight involving a group of killer whales viciously attacking and devouring a great white shark was witnessed off the coast of South Africa in Western Cape, Mossel Bay.
The drone footage captured the orcas or killer whales approaching the great white shark on either side and later revealing a pool of blood surrounding the scene.
The footage will debut on Discovery Channel’s “Shark House”, an annual TV event now in its 34th year.
In the scene, the three orcas slowly approach the nine-foot shark where they then attack the animal.
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The great white then turns on its side while the third orca swims below taking another bite off the lifeless body.
The shocking site then sees the one whale carry the shark off in its jaws underneath the water to further devour it.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, scientist Alison Towner said: “I really do think once that footage airs, it’s going to go viral.
“It’s probably one of the most beautiful pieces of natural history ever filmed.”
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A decrease of shark sightings has been attributed to these killer whales as many of these animals are choosing to steer clear of the area.
After the footage was captured it's easy to see why.
Towner added: “Initially, following an orca attack in Gansbaai, individual great white sharks did not appear for weeks or months.
“What we seem to be witnessing though is a large-scale avoidance strategy, mirroring what was seen among wild dogs in the Serengeti in Tanzania, in response to increased lion presence.
Towner believes this footage is now evidence to prove that killer whales are killing off sharks in the area.
“"This is the world's first drone footage of killer whales predating on a white shark,” she added.
"It's the first time in South Africa it's ever been documented as direct evidence."
Orcas are sharks only main predator with the evidence further proving how sharks use their flight sense of fear trigger a rapid, long-term emigration when the predators are nearby.
The killer wales can reach up to 30-feet in length and weight well over six tonness.
Great whites measure up to 22-feet long weighing in at 2.5 tonnes.
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