Rare Footage Shows How Killer Whale Packs Devastate Great White Sharks

Killer whale with open mouth.
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Written by Janet F. Murray

Updated: September 26, 2023

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Scientists have several theories about why great white sharks flee their usual habitats in South Africa’s Mossel Bay, and it may be because killer whale packs devastate great white sharks. If that is the case, it would certainly be a rare phenomenon.

On the other hand, orcas are known to hunt and kill other sharks. Obviously, great white sharks would then try to escape them. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that something is causing these sharks to move in large numbers. Let’s check how rare footage shows how killer whale packs devastate great white sharks in the content below.

killer whale packs devastate great white sharks

The Orca is the largest of the dolphins and is a very intelligent animal.

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Recently, in a never-before-seen thrilling event, a drone camera captured footage of a pack of killer whales massacring a great white shark in Mossel Bay. Killer whales are known to eat other marine mammals. However, this is the first time they have been seen ripping into a great white. You can imagine the ripples this is causing in the scientific community and across the internet.

The video shows heart-stopping footage that captures the brutal moment when three killer whales take down the great white shark. The video is horrifying but amazing to watch. The footage shows how the pod of killer whales circles and butchers the shark.

First, you see the three orcas surrounding the great white shark. It seems that they are working together to destroy their prey. Then, one of the killer whales stealthily swims up from beneath the great white, while the other two orcas intimidate it from above.

killer whale packs devastate great white sharks

Great white shark liver is a delight for orcas.

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Then the killer whales attack the enormous nine-foot-long great white, biting it in the side near its liver. You can imagine the powerful bite force as the orca’s sharp conical teeth rip into the great white. Its teeth pierce the shark’s side, tearing it wide open like a piece of paper. It is this fatal bite to the liver that puts the great white shark out of its misery. Finally, it dies a traumatic death.

Immediately the water is awash with a large gush of blood. For a few moments, it camouflages the orcas’ dastardly deed, pooling around prey and predators. It is a brutal and bloody sight to behold, but it is also a fantastic display of nature’s power. The killer whale that delivered the fatal bite claims its prize, dragging the body of the great white down into its watery grave before swimming away with it.

The other killer whales circle the site of their bloody accomplishment for a while, finally leaving to follow their pod mates in victory. The camera pans out, showing the disturbed and murky waters of the battle as the orcas move off into the vast expanse of ocean before them—possibly off to find more challenging targets.

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Rare footage shows deadly orcas hunting and massacring a great white shark.

This video is an exceptional example of the power and agility of killer whales. It is fascinating to watch these creatures in action, and it makes you appreciate their strength and intelligence. The killer whales working together as a team to take down their prey is an exhilarating moment to watch.

But, of course, there may just be something to the idea that this is a strategic attempt to chase the great whites out of town. Who knows? Nature can be brutal at times, but it is also beautiful to view these magnificent creatures in all their glory.

What Else Do Killer Whales Eat?

Killer Whale, orcinus orca, Female with Calf


Killer whales, also known as orcas, are apex predators and one of the most powerful marine animals. They have a diverse diet, which includes fish, squid, and marine mammals.

Due to their size and strength, killer whales are able to take down large prey such as sea lions, seals, and, as we’ve seen above, even sharks. They are opportunistic hunters, so they will also feed on smaller fish and squid when larger prey is not available.

Killer whales typically hunt in groups, using their speed, agility, and intelligence to capture their prey. They employ various strategies, such as chasing prey onto shore or herding them into shallow waters. They may also use their powerful tails to stun or injure their prey.

Killer whales also have the ability to use sound to locate and capture their prey. They produce high-frequency sounds that travel through the water and bounce off objects. This allows them to detect their prey’s location, even if the prey is hidden.

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