Orca captures a seal from an iceberg

Monday, November 7, 2011

orca eats a baby seal
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I think this picture of an orca taking a seal and dragging it into the water to drown it and eat came from a tv show fronted by Richard Attenborough. It's not very often (if ever!) that Animals Eating Animals has brought readers (hi Mom!) such a cute picture of an animal about to be eaten in a watery grave!

This photo was apparently the result of   three hour team hunt in which the entire pod or Orca co-operated in order to make giant waves that washed the seal from its ice floe, and then did side swipes with their tail, blew bubbles, rolled the ice floe and then eventually dragged the seal to its death.

These methods were apparently employed as a training exercise for the younger members of the Orca pod but is also to ensure that the seal too exhausted too turn round and attack his attackers back. Cos seals can be big mean bastards too!

The famous Captain Robin Falcon Scott witnessed these hunts over 100 years ago and scientists today think that they may be the most complex team hunts in the natural world. Except for a pack of cougars out on the tiles at your local bar.

Orca don't always win - here's a picture of a baby seal getting away from an Orca attack!

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