This is the grisly moment a 50-foot blue whale is eaten alive by a pack of bloodthirsty orcas off the Australian coast.
The orcas were captured when they ripped into the blue whale, leaving a streak of blood in the water behind them.
Jemma Sharp, who runs Whale Watch Western Australia, was just meters away from the gruesome spectacle and captured it on camera.
She was in a boat with 40 guests when the bloody battle broke out off Bremer Bay in the Australian state of Western Australia.
Jemma said the blue whale was ambushed because it accidentally swam into the orcas’ hunting and breeding grounds.
She said it’s not uncommon for blue, humpback and minke whales swimming north from the Arctic along the Western Australian coast to unknowingly get stuck in prime hunting ground.
The whale lover said he had put the large underwater animals in a “tricky situation” on their migrations.
“There’s no getting around it and they can’t get through,” she said.
Adult blue whales usually have the knowledge and experience to stay away from feeding grounds.
But on this day, four groups of orcas – 75 individuals in total – who have grouped in the water after spotting the blue whale, enter their territory.
The orcas then “surge” “full of energy and adrenaline,” according to the whale watchers, toward the whale, which leaps in and out of the water “full of energy and adrenaline.”
For the next three hours, they worked together to exhaust the blue whale, trying to trap it on its side so it couldn’t breathe through its blowhole.
Jemma said that didn’t work because the whale was too strong and that the orca matriarch “Queen” began biting the whale’s tail and jaws “repeatedly.”
She said the orca family put their body weight on the whale to keep it from struggling and saw it sink the moment it grabbed its last breast.
Jemma said the “heartbreaking moment” is “gold” for researchers trying to document how orcas hunt larger prey from start to finish.
“It was a meaningful moment for the animals to be fed, it was nice to see all the birds, sharks and pilot whales getting a vital meal.”
Jemma said the tourists on board felt sorry for the orcas and the blue whale.
“They were completely overwhelmed but had the ability to appreciate the importance of what they were witnessing,” she said.
It comes when orca whales ripped apart a large shark, filling the water with blood.
The great white was mauled by killer whales, which are forcing the giant sharks out of their natural habitats, scientists said.
The shocking video is part of Discovery Network’s 34th Annual Shark Week.
While filming for Shark Week in South Africa, a drone camera captured the violent moment a pod of orcas attacked a great white, the Daily Beast reported.
The video shows a giant killer whale ripping into the shark’s liver and spurting blood into the seawater while two other orcas menacingly circle the scene.
Some scientists believe the sharks may actually be fleeing groups of orcas that are newly preying on the beasts.
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