Killer whale kills great white shark

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  1. Apparently the uploader doesn’t want Brits seeing this video. Does he think we’re pro-shark or something?

  2. soniasimone says:

    Cetaceans FTW.

  3. Zero Sonico says:

    Me from poor country. Me not can see video.

  4. Manuel McLure says:

    The one time I went whale watching seemed like it was going to be disappointing. After 1/2 of the allotted time we’d only seen one pod of humpbacks. Then one of the humpbacks breached (and I got a nice shot of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8950872@N07/3844853356/in/set-72157622107821554/ ) and then another of the whales came over to the boat to say hello! It was rubbing up against the boat and you could look right over the side and see it 6-7ft below you. Whale breath stinks, by the way.

  5. humanhair says:

    Can’t see vid *sigh*

  6. makie says:

    It seems the uploader doesn’t like Spain either…

  7. This (UK) news report was just posted over on io9. Does that show the main stuff from the video here, or is there more to see?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gmU0ATRbedU

  8. Marktech says:

    Blocked.  I guess there’s a reason it’s not called International Geographic.

  9. viggy says:

    No air guitar for the whale or bagpipes for the shark. C’est la vie! The beat of life continues or sometimes you get the shark other times the shark gets you.

  10. gibbon1 says:

    I couldn’t watch, the constant cutting back and forth every five seconds.  I know this story format, five seconds of footage followed by ten seconds of someone expressing their ‘feelings’ about the story for 2 to 3 minutes is de rigueur for television, but it’s cancer and needs to stop.  How about show the footage, then talk.  or better show the footage and then use text to comment about  the footage.

  11. HenryPootel says:

    I should watch this on my chumby…

  12. kromelizard says:

    “Feel free to make heavy metal devil hands…”

    It’s: “Throw up the horns.”

  13. George Michaelson says:

    with one remaining arm, turn shark on back, while re-mounting what remains of your surfboard and staunching the bloodlosss.

    •  Actually humans can do this tonic immobility trick quite easily on sharks in shallow water. I have seen video of pretty big lemon sharks being flipped.

      I got bumped by a shark a few years ago near San Luis Pass. Pretty sure it was a lemon. I think a bull shark would have bit me. Most shark attacks happen when visibility is poor. If the sharks can see us clearly, they don’t bite. When they can’t see clearly, they bump and sometimes nibble. Their nibbles are often fatal.

  14. sms1122 says:

    “Tonic immobility” I think that’s how I ended up with my first wife…

  15. sockdoll says:

    “Feel free to make heavy metal devil hands at your computer screen…”

    Crap. I just checked Google and I’ve been signing “I love you” all of this time.

  16. Daemonworks says:

    For the record, they are actually dolphins, not whales.

  17. EnglebertFlaptyback says:

    I love the bit with the liver.  “O HAI…WE HAZ SHARK PATE’.   WANT SOME?”

  18. Stefan Jones says:

    The video was taken by my former manager at Oracle, Pat Kiddle!

    He didn’t know how amazing the event was, and gave the tape to researchers without a second thought.

  19. pipenta says:

    Ah, it’s nature and all but, I do so love these sharks, so a moment of sadness for it. 

  20. jguarShark says:

    The story is interesting, but I don’t really understand the implied gloating. They are called *Killer* Whales for a reason. One beautiful but deadly predator kills another beautiful but deadly predator. Why the devil horns? Certainly we are above considering Great Whites “big meanies.”

    • Talia says:

      I am pretty sure that wasn’t the intent of the post. More along the lines of “one giant huge predator manages to do in another giant huge predator,” just kind of an awesome battle in concept. Neither side is vilified here.

  21. Blair Strang says:

    Mammalian prejudice.

  22. Itsumishi says:

    The video doesn’t say if any sharks or orcas were killed but a similar showdown took place off the New Zealand coast Tuesday.

    http://media.theage.com.au/news/environment-news/orca-vs-sharks-in-new-zealand-2865184.html

  23. Andrew Meadows says:

    This sounds like an event that is mentioned in the book “The Devil’s Teeth”, a documentary about a journalist who managed to spend some time on/near the Farlon Islands for a few months.  As I recall it was a 13 foot male shark who was killed and the most interesting bit was that after he was killed all of the other  white sharks being tracked in the area promptly departed the vicinity and swam out into the open ocean months early.

  24. “Feel free to make heavy metal devil hands at your computer screen…”

    it’s very rare that I actually, literally “lol” at anything online, but that line got me! C’est perfect!

  25. dhparlee says:

    I want my money back.  There was nowhere near the implied violence that I was hoping for.

  26. MelSkunk says:

    Between this and watching Frozen Planet, Killer Whales are never going to be called the adorable PC term Orcas again. They freak me out.

  27. Rich Keller says:

    Christ, what a blowhole.

    And no more heavy metal devil hands for me. I’m doing a heavy metal dorsal fin from now on.

  28. euansmith says:

    Having been blocked by National Geographic I did a quick search and came up with this video 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS6NjdGLVZs.

    I couldn’t believe the unremitting savagery with which the commentary attacks the English language. It makes me really glad to have David Attenborough narrating my natural history programmes instead of this folksy, pejorative clap trap. 

    • Paul Renault says:

      Thanks for the link!  Flip a shark upside down and it goes to sleep.

      I’ll have to remember that, the next time I’m in shark-infested waters.

    • Sekino says:

      Thank you for the link! I agree with you on the commentary. The amount of hate against the shark got quite ludicrous for a nature documentary. It made me appreciate BBC/Attenborough that much more for portraying even the most fearsome predators without ever taking away from each animal’s beauty and dignity. Then again, this is from 1997 and I know I’ve seen much higher quality from National Geographic.

      I guess the moral of this showdown is, yet again, that one shouldn’t mess with curvy, black and white cuteness larger than a penguin (also see: Pandas)…

    • Rich Keller says:

      The video in this post does not have quite the, uh, poetic narration as yours, which is from Good Morning America, a trite morning “news” program(me).
      It sounded like it was written in the style of Beowulf.

      He left out
      “Shark shatterer, bringer of death,
      Flips his fluked back
      For herring from Wealhtheow’s hand.”

  29. BlueSong says:

    As it happens Channel 5 in England did an hour long documentary about this as part of their Nature Shock series, imaginatively titled – The Whale That Ate The Great White, its a little drawn out but still interesting, heres a link to the first part – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtv08L_FG-k

  30. cfiber says:

    Maybe it’s just me but… It seems that when a 6-ton killer whale with 30 tons of biting pressure has a 2-ton fish made out of cartilage in his mouth, he merely needs to bite down. The suggestion that the killer whale must have “a trick about shark anatomy and behavior” seems ridiculous. The dead shark happened to be upside down.

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