Rare Drone Footage Captures Whales Hunting Down And Grabbing A Shark

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A drone has caught an unbelievable chase off the coast of Australia. The footage shows a pod of false killer whales stalking down a juvenile shark in waters near Cronulla, Sydney. The fast-paced hunt ends with one of the false killer whales grabbing the shark in its jaws.

“We did not expect to see what we saw… It was an exciting moment,” Bruno Kataoka, the drone hobbyists who caught the unbelievable moment, told 7 News Sydney. "We just happened to be there at the right moment, at the right time.”

Not only is catching this footage a truly rare treat, false killer whales are not even particularly common in this area of the Australian coast. Despite the misleading name, they’re are actually from the dolphin family. These cetaceans can grow up to 6 meters (20 feet) long, making them the third-largest species of oceanic dolphin. As the video shows, the species are highly effective group hunters, although they usually use their skills to hunt squid or fish.

Check out the hot-pursuit below. 


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