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By: Laura O’Brien
Orca whales are intelligent, graceful mammals; however, their outstanding hunting abilities are what truly set the species apart. Orcas, otherwise known as killer whales, hunt in packs with deadly precision and accuracy. The highly intelligent creatures even use different techniques to attack their prey.
The lucky travelers on a Lindblad expedition witnessed an incredible display of orcas’ cunning and prowess in the Grandidier Channel, Antarctica. A videographer captured the terrifying scene as a group of orcas attempt to eat a seal that is perched on a piece of ice. The whales begin to use their “wave washing” technique to get the seal, which the group named Kevin, into the water. The rest of the hunt can be seen in this stunning video.