A rare video depicts killer whales taking turns dismembering dolphins. As reported by the Daily Mail, scientists recorded the moment when a killer whale assaulted a dolphin for research purposes. The unfortunate dolphin was propelled out of the water and upon landing, it was torn apart by the razor-sharp teeth of the killer whale.
The remains of the dolphin, consisting only of bones and organs, were found washed ashore the following day. Simon Elwen, a researcher who has studied marine mammals for two decades, expressed that he had never encountered such a tragic dolphin carcass.
The Namibian Dolphin Project (NDP) team, while assessing the consequences of an oil slick, managed to capture this extraordinary video. Local authorities initially discovered the dolphin carcass on the beach; however, by the time the researchers arrived, the waves had carried the dolphin’s remains back into the ocean.
Although the dolphin carcass could not be thoroughly examined, the video evidence strongly implicates killer whales as the culprits. Researcher Elwen stated, “The injuries on the dolphin carcass and the removal of its internal organs suggest that it died due to killer whale predation.”
Killer whales are known to employ group hunting strategies, converging on their prey from various directions to prevent escape. In the video, one killer whale launches a fierce attack while the other observes from nearby.
Researcher Elwen expressed the significance of this footage, describing it as a truly exceptional event. He said, “We witnessed the dolphin bleeding from the attack by the killer whale, and the prey was subsequently torn apart in the ocean.”
A startling discovery occurred when a killer whale carcass washed up on the coast of the UK. The expert in marine mammals found this occurrence to be “unbelievable.”