Every day, drone footage gives us rare insights into the behavior of animals across the world. While filmmakers have caught orca hunting on film previously, it doesn’t happen often. Rarer still do we see footage of orcas hunting and killing sharks. Guests on a routine whale-watching trip got more than they bargained for in that regard, as a drone captured this footage where orcas kill a sevengill shark.
Off the coast of California, Monterey Whale Watch was on one of their daily outings. The orca pod in question was fairly large and included a few calves. The orcas seem to have used catatonic immobility — flipping the shark onto its back — to subdue the unlucky sevengill shark before passing it around as a meal. Check out the video by Slater Moore Photography.