Surprisingly, yes. While it is not very common, it can and does occur given the Killer Whale is larger and very hungry. Killer whales are generally larger and not to mention, are very intelligent creatures that can work in groups. While, sharks still are potentially dangerous prey, killer whales will take whatever opportunity that arises when they need to feed. Sharks too, can potentially become just another fish on an orca’s menu.
Well here around Los Angeles we have a pod of killer whales that have made a habit of killing sharks for multiple reasons, food, protection of young, and territory. The “LA pod” has gotten this down perfectly and are known for their aggressive behavior.
Below I have a link to some videos of the whales killing sharks.
There are several populations of orcas around the world that have learned how to overcome sharks using a combination of superior brain power and brute force. Great white sharks and mako sharks are just two of at least nine species of shark known to be prey to some orca families. Orca populations from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, to the Farallon Islands have made numerous strategies for tackling sharks. The most impressive strategy used by the orcas is a strategy called the “karate chop”. The orca will use its tail to drive the shark to the surface. Once the shark is at the surface, the killer whale pivots and lifts its tail out of the water and comes down on top of it like a karate chop. The orca then grabs the shark and turns it upside down. The whales know that the sharks can’t fight back when they are upside down because they enter a state of “tonic immobility” and the whales use that to their advantage.
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