A strange type of orca was caught on video off the California coast killing and eating a shark on Tuesday. Photographer Slater Moore, that was in a cruise with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, captured with a drone a footage of four offshore killer whales dragging the shark around Monterey Bay. Moore said they were part of a group of about 25.
“A lot of times when we see offshore killer whales it’s hard to tell what they are eating. We hardly ever get footage to see what it actually is,” Katlyn Taylor, a naturalist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, told Monterey County Weekly. “They specialize in sharks, and probably some types of offshore fish. It’s pretty lucky to see them.”
This kind of whales tend to keep further from the shore than other ones. They are among the least observed and understood of all killer whale populations They tend to travel in groups ranging from 25-75, but pods as large as 200 have been spotted.
“Little is known about the elusive Offshore orcas, as they live far from land and are rarely encountered,” said on its website Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a charity dedicated to protecting the mammals.