Death From Above

Christopher Swann is by far one of my favorite photographers, and here is a great reason why. Check out these incredible images of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) chasing a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) for 2 hours. I would love to have seen the attack pattern of the small orca pod, working in sync to take down the dolphin. Orcas are well known to eat other marine mammals, including dolphins and whales and will stratagise amongst themselves mid-attack (somehow) on how best to fell their prey [Ferguson et al., 2012]. Of course, it’s sad that the dolphin who puts up a great chase gets eaten in the end (no graphic photos don’t worry), but that is what nature & the life cycle is all about.

Dramatic: This killer whale was pictured attacking a bottlenose dolphin off the Mexican coast
Can you imagine the strength and momentum needed to propel a 6 ton orca 15 feet in the air!

Can you imagine the strength and momentum needed to propel a 6 ton orca 15 feet in the air!

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