THIS is the breathtaking moment when a brawl erupts between a pod of killer whales and two 35-ton humpback whales.
The rare encounter, filmed in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Seattle, shows the humpback whales clashing with a pod of Bigg’s orcas, which are known to prey on seals, sea lions and humpback whales.
Mollie Naccarato, who works for whale-watching travel agency Sooke Coastal Explorations, captured the unusual battle on video.
She told KING: “I’ve loved whales my whole life so yesterday I cried three times on the boat.
“Even if you do it every day, things like that really take your breath away.”
Naccarato explained that they were Biggs transient orcas, which are known to eat seals, sea lions and humpback calves.
She added: “There was definitely a lot of harassment.
The humpback whales have been identified as Hydra from Hawaii and Reaper from Mexico.
Researchers think that while they’re just the two of them, they may have struck first.
Erin Johns Gless, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, said there have been incidents in the past of humpback whales harassing orcas that were hunting prey.
She said: “In recent years there have been a few occasions where our naturalists have seen humpback whales coming to the rescue of other animals, such as sea lions, that were being hunted by orcas.”
In a previous incident, humpback whale Valient, who may have been attacked by an orca in the past, was seen behaving aggressively near a pod of Biggs orcas.
It comes as a great white shark was found with “organs sucked out” on a New Zealand beach after a suspected orca attack.
Last month, a 13-foot great white shark ambushed a humpback whale in a horrific attack off the coast of South Africa.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6361268/moment-killer-whales-brawls-humpbacks-rare-battle/ Watch stunning killer whales BRAWLS with two 35 ton humpback whales in a rare battle