Marine biologists have been studying orcas for a long time but for some it is the first time they heard that a visibly irritated killer whale hurls seal 80 feet in the air with its tail. And, everything was caught on tape.
The extraordinary video shows the ferocious marine creature using its tail to fling a helpless seal and make it fly up to the stratosphere. One of the witnesses commented in the video that the seal may have reached 80 feet altitude during its unwanted flight.
The footage was taken by Mike Walker an employee of Eagle Wing Tours, a firm specialized in whale watching tours. Walker said that he caught on tape the odd show Oct. 25 when he was cruising off the Canadian coast in Victoria.
Walker said that his company does a lot of whale sightseeing but such event was ‘fairly rare.’ Brett Soberg, the owner of the whale watching company, mentioned that it was the fourth time he saw such happening in nearly two decades.
“It was spectacular. You can hear me yelling, ‘Yes!’ over and over in the video,”
he recently told reporters.
The angry orca that remorselessly threw that seal 80 feet into the air was dubbed by biologists T69C. Researchers said that it is a male, the sole male in its pod. Witnesses said that the orca chased the seal before catching it and launching it into the air.
Chris Parsons, a killer whale expert, explained that one of orca’s favorite dishes is seal, but they don’t usually fling them before eating them. He added that the recently filmed event depicted a ‘form of practice.’
Parsons explained that orca whales usually hit really hard Dall’s porpoises in order to eviscerate them. The blow is so strong that the animals’ entrails virtually pop out. Yet, orcas are not interested in the entrails. They favorite parts of a porpoise are the fat-rich blubber and muscles.
But this is not the first time an irritated killer whale hurls an animal 80 feet in the air with its tail. In 2014, another orca was recorded while it flung a sea lion 20 feet into the air.
Killer whales or orcas are actually dolphins, but the largest of their family. They are also the most ferocious predators on earth and often they engage in hunting just for the sake of it. Their teeth can be 4 inches long and can pierce through anything from seals and sea lions to squid, sea birds and even whales.
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