Great white shark versus orca

Which is the greatest ocean predator - the orca or the great white shark? A shocking encounter off the Californian coast reveals the answer. 

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In some parts of the world, orcas and great whites frequent the same waters, but

Which is the greatest ocean predator – the orca or the great white shark? A shocking encounter off the Californian coast reveals the answer.

When wildlife-watchers in a boat off the Farallon Islands witnessed an orca attacking a great white shark, they were astonished by how easily the fish was overpowered. However, much of the action took place out of sight, under water. Scientists have pieced together the evidence to construct the likely sequence of events that led to the shark’s apparently timid demise.

From the eyewitness accounts, it was clear that the orca didn’t bump into the great white by chance. It deliberately changed course to intercept its victim. The shark appeared unaware that it was in danger.

© BBC Magazine – Peter Pyle/Oceanic Society

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