These incredible images show how orca whales use a “karate chop” to stun and finish off a killer shark. In a battle between predatory animals, killer whales have learned to outperform the great white shark.
Using a combination of intelligence and brute force, the highly intelligent orca is able to catch and eat what many see as the ocean’s top predators. The famous Great White and Mako are just two of at least nine shark species known to be on the menu of some whale families, especially the orca.
Orca populations in territories around the world – including New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Farallon Islands off the west coast of the United States – have created a number of strategies to take down their powerful adversaries.
But to make sure you don’t end up seriously injured when attacking the dangerous prey, killer whales spend years perfecting the different techniques and watching more experienced adults teach them how to do it correctly. “The most impressive strategy is the ‘karate chop,'” said expert Dr. Ingrid Visser, 43, who has studied orca behavior for 17 years.
The killer whale will use its tail to propel the shark to the surface. They don’t even touch it. Using a tail push it creates a whirlwind. “Once the shark is at the surface, the killer whale lifts its tail out of the water and comes down on top of it like a karate chop.
Quite a show… 😀