Incredible Video: Photographer Seizes the Moment a Hungry Killer Whale Launches Seal Skyward for a Lethal Feast

Don’t you know it’s rude to play with your food? Photographer captures astonishing moment hungry killer whale tosses a seal through the air to stun it before it’s eaten

This is the astonishing moment a hungry killer whale toyed with a seal and sent it flying into the air, before snapping it up for its lunch.

The massive mammal was pictured bursting out of the water with its catch in Monterey Bay, California, by photographer and whale enthusiast, Jodi Frediani.

The 67-year-old had been on a whale watching tour with other sightseers when she spotted the whale thrashing beneath the water.

Making a splash: This is the astonishing moment a hungry killer whale toyed with a seal and sent it flying into the air, before snapping it up for its lunch

However, she never expected the killer creature to dramatically leap into the air with its kill.

Describing the incredible event, Jodi from Santa Cruz, California, said: ‘After watching a humpback whale breach for an hour, we headed off to look for killer whales.

‘We were lucky and found them in three scattered groups over the Monterey Submarine Canyon.

Seal-ing the deal: The massive mammal was pictured bursting out of the water with its catch in Monterey Bay, California, by photographer and whale enthusiast, Jodi Frediani

Killer instinct: The 67-year-old had been on a whale watching tour with other sightseers when she spotted the whale thrashing beneath the water

Airborne: Jodi from Santa Cruz, California, said the group had been watching a humpback whale breach for an hour before heading off in search of some killer whales

Fin dining: The whale watching group saw the male whale bring one of his powerful flippers out of the water as he rolled on his side tossing a seal in front of him

‘Before we knew it, the group we were watching started thrashing about below the surface.

‘Next we saw the male bring one of his powerful flippers out of the water as he rolled on his side tossing a seal in front of him.

‘Then this whale brought its whole tail out of the water with a female northern elephant cradled on its flukes.

Hungry: The whale brought its whole tail out of the water with a female northern elephant seal cradled on its flukes

Helpless: The killer whale repeatedly tossed the seal in the air before it finally grabbed the seal by its rear flippers and tossed her one last time

Seafood supper: Jodi explained that stunning a prey animal is done as part of a hunting lesson for the juveniles in the group, who are often allowed to make the final kill of the stunned animal

‘The poor seal was then tossed through the air.

‘This happened again, and finally the killer whale grabbed the seal by its rear flippers and tossed her one last time.

‘Stunning a prey animal like this is done as part of a hunting lesson for the juveniles in the group, who are often allowed to make the final kill of the stunned animal.

‘This is the second time I’ve been fortunate to witness this.’

Flipped out: The dramatic photos show the poor seal look stunned as it is pulled out of the water by the powerful whale

Lying in wait: The pair create quite a splash before the whale returns to the depths of the water

The dramatic photos show the poor seal look stunned as it is pulled out of the water by the powerful whale.

The pair create quite a splash as the whale repeatedly tosses its prey and returns to the depths of the water.

However, the seal continues to spiral helplessly through the air before it lands back in the sea – ready to be eaten by its hungry captor.

Final moments: The seal continues to spiral helplessly through the air before it lands back in the sea ready to be eaten by its hungry captor

Defenceless: The northern elephant seal is the second largest of the species at 13 feet and weighing around 2,000kg

The northern elephant seal is the second largest of the species at 13 feet and weighing around 2,000kg.

However, the aquatic mammal looked tiny in comparison to its whale predator. For, killer whales are expected to grow to up to 32 feet and weigh more than 5,000kg.

They mainly feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even other whales.

Natural predators: Killer whales mainly feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even other whales

Sia

Related Posts

Battle for the Feast: Lion Defends Buffalo Kill Against Hyenas, Ultimately Overwhelmed by Pack’s Sheer Numbers

A lion realised he had bitten off more than he could chew when he briefly battled with a large hyena clan over a freshly killed buffalo in…

Savannah Showdown: Wildebeest’s Brave Resistance Throws Attacking Lion, Achieves Victory Over Two Predatory Big Cats in Epic Stand

These are the amazing scenes as a wildebeest fights off a pair of lionesses who were planning to dine upon the large animal. This is the moment…

Intense Wildlife Duel: Two Bull Elk Lock Horns in a Battle, While Cow Elk Nearby Remains Unfazed

Anyone want to try and break up the fight between these two bull elk? No? Didn’t think so. You’d have to be the perfect mixture of courageous…

Fearless Encounter: Small Grizzly Bear Stands its Ground Against Aggressive Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

Usually having the high ground in a battle is beneficial, but it didn’t work out like that in this Yellowstone National Park standoff. The grizzly bear in…

A tense standoff unfolds: Lioness retreats to a tree as protective elephant defends her territory in the Central Serengeti.

The lioness made the potentially fatal mistake of entering the elephant’s territory, and when she was discovered the grey beast was, quite literally, hot on her tail….

Epic Video: Mother Rhino’s Heroic Stand Against Massive African Elephant to Safeguard Her Baby in Heart-Pounding Jungle Encounter

This is the incredible moment a mother rhino took on a much bigger elephant that tried to chase the pair away from a waterhole. The footage was…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *