Mammals

Watch killer whale toss sea turtle in the air

Raw video: Orca surprises tourists off the Galapagos Islands

 

An incredible video shows a killer whale tossing a sea turtle in the air off the Galapagos Islands.

A video posted to YouTube by cruise company Quasar Expeditions explains that Rafael Pesantes, the lead guide aboard the ship M/Y Evolution spotted the killer whale going after the sea turtle in the Galapagos on May 29, 2016.

“It’s extremely rare to see an Orca tossing a sea turtle in the air,” explained Quasar Expeditions, in a post accompanying the video, which was taken in the Galapagos’ Bolivar Channel, off the coast of Fernandina Island. “Though transient Orca pods are not uncommon in the Galapagos, they are only seen very infrequently by visitors. Transients are opportunistic predators and feed on species including sea lions, dolphins, fish and in this case, green sea turtles.”

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The video clearly shows the La Cumbre volcano in the background on Fernandina Island.

Earlier this year Monterey Bay Whale Watch in California released a dramatic and disturbing video showing a group of killer whales attacking a gray whale and her calf, reportedly resulting in the death of the baby.