Killer Whale Attack: Orca Beaches Itself To Ambush Seals

BarcroftAnimalsPublished: December 6, 2016103 views
Published: December 6, 2016

OUT of the water, most seals would have every right to feel out of harms way. But off the coast of Argentina, the local killer whales have made even shore a dangerous place to be - by learning to safely beach themselves. With a powerful burst of speed the six-tonne mammals are able to rush onto the shore to ambush seal pups before sliding back into the water on the smooth stones. Amazingly, this behaviour is not thought to be the result of instinct and has instead been taught down the generations - with just a handful of whales using the technique each season. These images were captured by wildlife filmmaker Gil Arbel, 43, at Peninsula Valdes during the seal breeding season, which lasts from January to April.

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