Orcas was recorded hunting and killing of Blue whales for the first time!
All the attacks took place in Western Australia off Bremer Bay. The killer whales are known to prey on grey whales, dolphins, sea lions and great white sharks, but this recent study has confirmed that the marine creature has now added the blue whale to its diet.
Orcas are also highly social and intelligent animals capable of complex communication, meaning they are able to synchronize attacks for the best outcome. The grueling process of taking down Earth’s largest mammal makes for difficult reading but is undeniably an impressive feat for a group of marine predators.
Orcas harassing and attacking blue whales wasn’t exactly news either, but researchers from Flinders University in Australia, say these three predation events are the first confirmed kills. At just 7-10 meters (23 to 32 feet) in length, it might seem like a gargantuan task for an orca, but these animals move in pods, sometimes nearing 100 members.