Video: Orca (killer whale) attacks sharks off New Zealand coast

The ITN News YouTube channel recently posted amateur video featuring a killer whale (Orcinus orca) attacking what appear to be broadnose sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus). The video was shot off the coast of New Zealand’s Blue Cliffs Beach, Tuatapere. One of the sharks beached itself, presumably to escape the orca.

Clinton Duffy, a marine scientist interviewed by ITN News, said that he expected that more orcas were present further from the shore and that the orca in the surf was likely trying to flush fish off shore for the other killer whales.

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  1. Frank Probst says:

    That’s not a terribly big shark. If I were him, I would’ve chosen the beach over the orca, too.

    Memo to dog owners: Though rare, a live thrashing shark on the beach is a danger to your pet, and you should leash your dog and keep it well away from the other animal.

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