"We must have watched them kill at least three and we left with them pursing more."
The Hawaiian Mark Healey, who rides giant waves even though he weighs only eight stone six and who has the strength of an acrobat on a tightrope, has posted rare footage of killer whales mowing through a dolphin family off the Mexican coastline.
“We went out for a day of fishing and stumbled into something no one expected,” Healey, who is forty, writes. “Orcas hunting and killing dolphins! We must have watched them kill at least three and we left with them pursing more. They were teaching their young with the injured dolphins before finally ending it each time. It was amazing to watch their strategies and very sobering. The fact that they can take such agile and intelligent prey at will via team work and strategy was an eye opener. In summary, death by Orca would not be a preferred way for me to leave this earth.”
Orcas, of course, are the largest member of the dolphin family but this means little when the happy lil Flippers are being hunted in a series of high-speed and coordinated attacks from multiple directions.
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The technique used to kill fast moving prey is called heat-butt-and-punt or stun via ramming after which they may enjoy what the Taiwanese glutton calls “ocean’s pork.”
Healey’s peers in the surf world were quick to post their appreciation, Kelly Slater enjoying the spectacle the most.
“Wow! Bucket list,” he wrote.