Drone captures killer whales attacking humpback whale calf

A drone captures a pod of killer whales attacking a humpback whale mother and her calf of the coast of Ningaloo in Western Australia on Friday, in an event rarely seen by scientists.

Drone captures killer whales attacking humpback whale calf

Drone footage from two fishermen that was obtained by Reuters shows a humpback whale mother and her calf trying to fend off an attack from a pod of killer whales. The video was captured off the coast of Ningaloo in Western Australia, last Friday.

“I was marlin fishing and had the first orca shoot in and roll right under the boat, showing off and playing,” said Shane Stephen, one of the fishermen who witnessed the attack, according to Local12. “Shortly after, we saw splashing and a commotion and knew a hunt was underway. It is the first orca hunt and kill of a humpback whale this season and went on for almost 2 hours.”

After two hours the calf was, unfortunately, ‘taken’ from the humpback whale by the killer whales said Stephen to Reuters. Killer whales are also known as orcas and often hunt in groups when attacking larger prey. Over the last few years, we have seen many amazing wildlife videos and photos that were taken with a drone.

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