Orcas, also known as killer whales, are one of the world’s most powerful predators. Fortunately for Capt. Michael Sack of Sanctuary Cruises, he got to witness their prowess first hand. The marine predators converge to hunt gray whale calves around California’s Monterey Bay, but when a huge pod of dolphins swim by they aren’t going to say no. Luckily for us Capt. Michael had a camera to hand to capture the amazing sighting…
It’s easy to tell how excited the Captain is during the video, as he should be.
“I’ve been in this position one other time and I was pretty sure what was about to happen. The next thing I knew there was a huge splash. It was an orca coming up on a common dolphin. The stampede was on after that,” he recalls.
Here are the fast facts from National Geographic:
Status:Data deficient / Type:Mammal / Diet:Carnivore / Average life span in the wild:50 to 80 years / Size:23 to 32 ft (7 to 9.7 m) / Weight:Up to 6 tons (5,443 kg) / Group name:Pod / Size relative to a bus: