Earth Touch is built on a simple philosophy: nature's stories should be told with passion and imagination. GREAT WHITE SHARK VS KILLER WHALE - Who is the real apex predator? For one thing, why are they smaller than other killer whales on the West Coast? Despite the “big, monster great white,” Smith tells his guests that orcas are known to feed on sharks. Offshore orcas are so good at nabbing sharks, in fact, that certain populations have been known to wear their teeth to the gums on their rough skin. Our planet is a busy, crazy place. For example, fish‐eating killer whales studied in Canada selectively target the largest and most lipid‐rich species of salmon, despite the fact that other species are more abundant across their foraging grounds (Ford and Ellis 2006). Barrett-Lennard said that while sightings of the offshores have always been few and far between, they've been especially rare in the last year or so. As for sharks, it's pretty much the same scenario, however, there are many cases of Orca's only eating a great while shark's liver. (Denticles can also cause "shark burn" in humans! Salmon-eating killer whales have been known to hold fish in their mouths so the youngest pod members can nibble away, and scientists have seen similar behaviour in seal-eaters. 6 A pair of killer whales is suspected to be behind the mass exodus of great white sharks from two previously renowned shark-spotting areas Credit: Getty - Contributor 6 's better-studied resident and transient orcas. Ensuring that every member of the hunting party is healthy helps secure meals for the group down the line. Shark-eating orcas tend to hunt deep underwater, so footage like this can help us learn more about how a particular group disperses food. Amy B Wang. I am quite sure that a great white has killed a sickly orca or perhaps a calf if it was separated from its usually very protective mother. That's one of the only things scientists know for sure about the offshore killer whales, a population that's genetically and socially distinct from B.C. It was, at that time, the first documented sighting of killer whales eating white sharks. Whale watchers on California’s Monterey Bay last week witnessed an impressive, if grim, spectacle: a group of orcas hunting a lone shark. National politics reporter covering 2020 presidential campaigns. Last November, a pod of killer whales was filmed chasing a great white shark off Seal Island, in Mossel Bay—about 50 miles from Knysna. Certain parts of a shark, however, are appealing to killer whales. “Working in a group certainly helps.” (Great white sharks can hunt in groups as well, but have a reputation for being lone hunters.) Questions or news tips? Out in the deep, deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, far from the whale-watching boats that set off from B.C. Teeth extracted from an offshore killer whale that stranded in Alaska in 2015 showed significant damage, likely caused by eating sharks. KILLER whales are "ripping open" great white sharks and eating their livers, hearts and TESTICLES. The sevengill shark can be seen squirming in the orca's mouth before going still during the encounter in Monterey Bay, California. Study of shark carcasses discovered in 2017 indicate the presence of "super predator" killer whales. An examination of a dead adult female that washed up in Alaska four years ago shows just how much wear and tear can happen when an animal is constantly biting into the rough and tough skin of a shark. A pod's matriarch typically has her fill before other members are given a turn, so that's likely what we're seeing here. Orcas are one of the most versatile and fearsome predators in the world, known to eat various types of sharks, seals and whales. 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