VIDEO: Tiger Shark Gets Brutally Owned by Gang of Killer Whales that Use His Carcass as a Toy!

VIDEO: Tiger Shark Gets Brutally Owned by Gang of Killer Whales that Use His Carcass as a Toy!

It’s no longer shark week, as one gang of killer whales makes perfectly clear to this casualty of the sea. Even cooler, this is believed to be the world’s first footage of this type of attack:

Tiger Shark gets Death Blow!

Tiger Shark gets Death Blow!

A brutal gang attack on a tiger shark by killer whales has revealed the violence of orcas in all its gruesome detail.

The footage, which is believed to be a world-first, shows three killer whales working as a team to force the panicked shark to the surface.

The gang wear the shark down and take opportunistic bites at its fins, until a large bull moves in to deliver the death blow, flipping the shark on to its back in the process.

This creates a state of paralysis known as ‘tonic immobility’. The pod then takes turns at eating and stripping the 7ft (2.1 metres) shark down to its bare bones before disappearing back into the ocean.

The brutal footage was captured off the coast of Costa Rica by underwater photographer Caroline Power and British marine biologist Nicholas Bach.

Ms Power, 26, who filmed the footage from a dive boat, said: ‘I have been lucky enough to witness some amazing things in and on the ocean – but this was unbelievable.

‘I believe this is the first time orcas hunting tiger sharks has been documented – we were all fairly awestruck.

‘After the orcas had left we all just kind of stood in the boat, staring at the ocean, contemplating what we had seen.

‘The tiger shark is the top predator in those waters, so to see it knocked off the top of the food chain, to see it afraid, to see it fight for its life and lose was pretty incredible.’

There were three killer whales from the pod involved in the attack, while another female and her new calf – estimated to be just two weeks old – hung back from the action.

Ms Power and Mr Bach, 34, originally from London, had witnessed the same pod kill a hammerhead shark just a few days before.

On that occasion, a female swam past with the spinal remains of the shark hanging from the corner of its mouth.

The killer whale pod would even approach the filmmakers at close-quarters when out diving and, despite their power, the couple found them to be ‘inquisitive, graceful and simply awe-inspiring’.

But the following day they witnessed a more ferocious side during the tiger shark ambush – which unfolded at Chatham Bay on Cocos Island earlier this month.

Ms Power, who is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but now lives in Roatan, Honduras, was nearing the end of a diving trip on board the Dive Live-aboard Undersea Hunter boat with Mr Bach and other guests when the whales appeared.

She said: ‘All of a sudden the fin of the bull orca popped out of the water about thirty feet from the boat. We could see him and a few other orcas swimming.

‘It was raining and fairly choppy so it was hard to tell exactly what was happening from the boat.

‘Due to the Cocos Island National Park regulations we were not allowed to get into the water with the orcas. This is probably a very good thing as quite quickly I saw the fin of a shark break the surface and the water started churning. Then all of the fins disappeared and the water stilled.

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These brutal whales literally strip him down to bare bones before taking off. Cold as ice. Dig their style, though.


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