Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Incredible moment great white sharks get chased by killer whales

Great white sharks have been filmed desperately swimming away from an even bigger apex predator in an incredible video.

In the stunning footage taken by Elton Polly, dorsal fins of the massive beasts break the surface as the chase gets underway.

“That shark is scared,” someone notes in the background.

One of the shark, a smaller dark shape under the surface of the water, is just seconds ahead of a giant killer whale which can be seen clearly when it breaks through the waves.

A second killer whale circles around the outside and prevents the sharks from changing course.

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In the video, it almost appears as if the orcas are using teamwork to herd the sharks — but it not clear if it is merely a fun game or dinner for the predators.

South Africa’s Seal Island off the coast of Mossel Bay – where the video was taken – is a favourite hunting ground of the great white shark.

Oceans Research shared the footage on its Facebook page and confirmed that killer whales were chasing the sharks in the video caption.

It wrote: “Orcas were spotted chasing a white shark, and a few other white sharks were in the vicinity at the time.

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“One white shark appears to be unnerved by the presence of the orcas, but another shark didn't seem too perturbed.

“We'll monitor the orca and white shark activity over the next few days, to see if there are any behavioural changes.”

Conservationist Richard Peirce previously told Daily Star Online that great white sharks are being hunted and killed by killer whales, also known as orcas, who feast on their livers.

The first documented sighting of killer whales eating great white sharks was back in 1997 off the Farallon Islands, near San Francisco.

Startled whale-watching tourists watched a pair of orcas kill a great white before consuming its liver.

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Two killer whales, nicknamed Port and Starboard, have since been observed to rip out shark livers with surgical precision.

This comes after incredible video from a cage dive showed a great white shark with chunks of flesh missing after being ripped apart by an even bigger predator.

In another cave dive, a female great white tried to squeeze between the bars in pulse-raising footage.

Fishermen claim a great white could even be stalking the waters around Britain after half the corpse of a dolphin washed up on a Devon beach.

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