Featured Image Credit: Christopher Swann via Daily Mail
By Laura O’Brien
Orca whales (also known as killer whales) are apex predators in the ocean. The massive creatures use their strength, agility, teamwork, and speed to catch and eat a diverse array of sea life, including other marine mammals. Orcas are tactical hunters, and they are often able to outsmart their prey. They have even been known to toy with the animals they hunt by doing things like tossing live prey in the air or pushing them far underwater.
Photographer Chris Swann was aware of the orca’s eating habits and prowess when he decided to follow a group of orcas off the coast of Mexico. According to Christopher, he had followed the orcas for about 45 minutes when things took a turn. The hunt was on.
The orcas had found an unfortunate dolphin, and they began their attack. The orcas tossed the dolphin around like a rag doll, and Christopher watched in awe. He got some amazing photographs of the terrifying display of predator vs. prey. The whales hunted the dolphin for quite a while according to Swann, he said they did not relent until the sun was setting. He did not see the whales capture the dolphin, but he knew that the dolphin was in a fight for its life.
We can only hope that a miraculous turn of events allowed the dolphin to escape the dangerous predators.