As if we needed any more evidence that killer whales are perhaps the most dominant apex predator on Earth, filmmakers have captured this footage of an orca launching a seal approximately 80 feet into the air while feeding.The event was filmed near Victoria, British Columbia.
“This group of whales is known as the T69s, with the lone male in the group making the spectacular kill on the harbour seal. His name is T69C, and he was born in 1995,” Roll Focus Productions wrote in the video’s description.
As highly intelligent animals, orcas have been known to “play with their meals,” or perhaps, practice hunting techniques on already disabled prey. Killer whales will also stun prey with their tails and toss them out of the water to disorient them. There have been cases where orcas will headbutt sea lions at such high speed, the impact kills the smaller animal. In this case, the seal was likely eaten shortly after its impromptu career as a volleyball.
We’re surprised it didn’t knock down any of those seagulls along with it. The orca may have appreciated some sides.