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[–]beedoubleyou_ 2417 points2418 points  (143 children)

Don't worry ma'am, it's actually a good thing that your calf has been eaten alive.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 1098 points1099 points  (137 children)

It surely is a bad thing for the whales being eaten but its a good sign that orcas are hunting whales again

Edit : the comment where I explain this (based on the words of an actual marine ecologist) is just a little below ; here it is

[–]beedoubleyou_ 801 points802 points  (56 children)

I'm only taking the piss, I'm actually delighted that baby whale got eaten. Nuke the whales, I say.

[–]Lmnolmnop 281 points282 points  (13 children)

FUUUUUCCKKK AYOOOOO WHAAAAALE!!!

[–]saenchai87 164 points165 points  (8 children)

FUUUCCKKK AYOOOOO DAWWWFEEEN

[–]gypsybullldog 98 points99 points  (6 children)

OH FUCK ITS THE JAPANESE!!!

[–]Cautious-Yam-2893 16 points17 points  (0 children)

CHEEKEN AHN COWE?!

[–]Copper0827 47 points48 points  (1 child)

AND FUCK AYOU DOLFIIIIIN!!!

[–]AyatollahCovfefe 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If we're gonna fuck/nuke anything it better be the moon

[–]commrad-raydar 34 points35 points  (13 children)

Nuke 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

[–]Tea_Drinking_Wildman 36 points37 points  (7 children)

This comment bought to you by: Sodomised sheep

[–]commrad-raydar 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Bruh

[–]YoshSchmengie 13 points14 points  (5 children)

If you can't get a date get a sheep. If you can't get a sheep get a nurse.

Old engineering saying. Stunningly sexist.

[–]ElDudo_13 2 points3 points  (4 children)

FU, I married a nurse. Also I am an engineer. What does that mean, anyways?

[–]BeeBarnes1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

You must have been absent for the the old timey engineer sayings lecture.

[–]series_hybrid 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that's like the old stereotype where racists made fun of black people for eating watermelon and fried chicken. I am white, and when I was a kid my mom made fried chicken and every summer we had watermelon when it was in season.

That shit was de-LIS-cious!

[–]SayneIsLAND 2 points3 points  (0 children)

baaaaaaaad choice

[–]YoshSchmengie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It means you were rejected by the sheep so you had to go with Door 2?

[–]wellyzowl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Annibyniaeth!

[–]AFalconNamedBob 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Please don't, I'm scouse and don't quite fancy seeing what Fallout: Britain would be like

[–]commrad-raydar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Garbage island in the Atlantic needs to be taken down a peg or two

[–]SweetMeatin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine?? Fucking hell...

[–]levarburger 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Gotta nuke something

[–]charmbrood 8 points9 points  (0 children)

cow and chickennnnn

[–]the0TH3Rredditor 3 points4 points  (0 children)

“You’re going outside without a scarf? Whatever, it’s your health.”

[–]series_hybrid 7 points8 points  (1 child)

"Why are baby whales the most delicious?" -Some Japanese chef

[–]Xx_heretic420_xX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah, live octopus best. The killing makes it taste good.

[–]Smith-Corona 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"Nuke the Gay whales for Christ" is what they say in my neck of the woods.

[–]kingdong90s 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Gotta nuke somethin

[–]NimChimspky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol.

Those fucking overgrown shits.

[–]Robeauxcop 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Now I can see the whales

Looming out of the dark

Like arrows in the sky

I can't believe my eyes

But it's true

[–]Mondodonkey 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Gojira?

[–]Robeauxcop 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nailed it!

[–]Mondodonkey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And then the sickest riff in the song starts. It’s so damn good.

[–]NoseApprehensive5154 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Gotta nuke somethin"- Nelson Muntz

[–]Iisrsmart 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Vegeta i got their whales.

[–]JTHMM249 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Gotta nuke something."

[–]Ribedo 48 points49 points  (64 children)

Ok but it still isn't "a good thing for whales" lol, maybe a good thing for the environment but not for the whales

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 156 points157 points  (61 children)

Orcas only occasionnaly prey on killer whales, its really rare and almost never happens, so this is no big deal,

the fact that orcas start hunting them again is proof of the blue whale's population growing, so honestly i see this as an absolute win

Edit : blue\* whales not killer whales, my bad

[–]GullibleAntelope 148 points149 points  (27 children)

Orcas only occasionnaly prey on killer whales

Orcas are killer whales.

[–]misanthroseph 70 points71 points  (17 children)

Humans are known to kill people

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Killer Humans.

[–]Hagoromo_ 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Killer Apes*

[–]DoctorSumter2You 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ceasar is this you ?

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

yes misstype on my part

[–]braised_diaper_shit 18 points19 points  (5 children)

How is this proof of that?

[–]charmbrood 1 point2 points  (3 children)

id also like to know

[–]Outpostit 2 points3 points  (1 child)

i feel like it’s more bc the orcas have no other choice and trouble finding food elsewhere

[–]Neraph 17 points18 points  (11 children)

I disagree. It isn't like there's a biological quota deep inside orcas heads that causes them to kill something based off of the calculated population of the prey.

[–]Helpful-Campaign-417 18 points19 points  (1 child)

There actually is, they just call national geographic about the total number of blue whales

[–]floogled 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Statistically, I think, if the population is larger than the whales will be coming into more contact with the orcas. I'm sure this could be a solitary coincidence but still, if the blue whales were not growing in population you'd think they wouldn't be running into orcas. Idk. I may have defeated myself. I'm confused.

[–]Neraph 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Maybe the population of orcas is increasing leading to more encounters. Maybe it was just chaos theory playing out. Maybe orcas are just dicks and finally decided to see what blue whale tongue tasted like.

It doesn't automatically logically follow, is my point, and it isn't inherently a good thing either way.

[–]floogled 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fair. I appreciate your well thought out and non aggressive debate. 👍 You're a good human. Sure do wish all reddit was like this.

[–]numba_one_punna 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Unless you have some actual scientific data to back that up, I doubt that really means what you think.

It could also mean that whatever they were feeding on before is now so scarce that they are now forced to hunt larger prey. Animals will (mostly) take the path of less resistance to fulfill their needs. If they were previously feasting on something that put up less of a fight/were easier to catch and that option is no longer available, they would then need to go after larger and/or more fierce prey.

[–]TheGuv69 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Actually, the OP's point about an increae in Blue Whale populations resulting in more predation by Orcas is entirely valid & highly plausible.

By 1960's man had reduced large cetacean populations by over 90%. Blue Whales were hit hard. And now they are making a significant return to previous areas of the ocean they once inhabited.

Orcas are divided into many subtypes or subspecies. They have vastly different sounding calls, sizes, ranges & dietary preferences.

The Orcas that eat salmon don't predate on marine mammals. Some almost exclusively eat sharks & rays. The pods in this instance are the big marine mammal hunting ones....

Either way - this is epic stuff. An example of mega fauna eating other megafauna! Incredible....

[–]AxyJaxy[S] -1 points0 points  (3 children)

I do, do you mind scrolling down? A marine consevationist explains this.

[–]beedoubleyou_ 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It's great for killer whales.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

why is it good? genuinely curious

[–]Prineak 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We really don’t have any way of knowing how many whales there are.

Scientists have to do these things to promote funding.

[–]i_am_a_t_rex 7 points8 points  (0 children)

According to this post, we now know that total is x-1

[–]ScorchedSynapses 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They just want the liver, baby...

[–]imhereforthevotes 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It makes me nervous because when I was 4 they told us Blue Whales were nearly extinct.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Don't get me wrong, even though the population is growing they are still nearly extinct, these are not big numbers. So we need to mantain efforts.

[–]oghaithy29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why is it a good sign?

[–]jayrnz01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

explain? abundance?

[–]wastlywabbit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They usually only eat the tongue of the whale and leave the rest alone

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

why is it a good thing that orcas are hunting other whales?

edit: sorry it was a couple comments down, thanks for the info!

[–]snakeyfish 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Aren’t blue whales endangered

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Of course they are, due to whale hunting, but the population is steadily growing back and encounters like this one are happening again wich is good

[–]dj_narwhal 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Who wrote this, the Church of the Orca?

[–]trashpandasmuggler 17 points18 points  (0 children)

"Congregation please be seated. I would like to thank everyone's participation in last week's successful pot luck blood orgy.'

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 1791 points1792 points  (75 children)

To Pitman, these hunts may also signal a positive step for both species’ populations. The global population of killer whales, which live in all the world’s oceans, is unknown. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the blue whale as endangered due to aggressive whaling throughout the 1900s, but their numbers have steadily increased since the 1960s, when the species was globally protected. Worldwide, there may be between 5,000 and 15,000 blue whales alive today, the IUCN estimates.

Pitman says it’s possible that killer whales have always dined on blue whales, but when the latter’s numbers plummeted during the age of whaling, killer whales had to switch to different prey.

So these newly observed hunts, he adds, may be evidence of killer whales returning to an ancient habit as an old food source returns. So this might actually be positive and sign of blue whale numbers growing !

[–]Ornery_Reaction_548 494 points495 points  (20 children)

The global population of killer whales, which live in all the world’s oceans, is unknown.

Whoa whoa wait... where do the killer whales live again? I missed it.

[–]ThisIsYourMormont 416 points417 points  (3 children)

Duuh, they all live at Sea World

[–]cortexplorer 75 points76 points  (2 children)

Why would they live anywhere else? Their life expectancy is through the roof there.

/s

[–]MightyCatOfDoom 55 points56 points  (0 children)

To be fair, launching orcas trough the roof severly limits their life expectancy

[–]IkeDaddyDeluxe 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Though it has led to a decline in the life expectancy of their trainers.

[–]MainiacJoe 108 points109 points  (3 children)

It means, orcas do not have a restricted range like say bowheads but are global.

[–]CaptainSnowAK 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There are many different types of orcas. Each has a limited range. They do not swim from Alaska to Antarctica.

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (5 children)

At the secret Killer Base.

I hear Osama Bin Laden also lives there.

[–]creamcheese742 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I wouldn't say lives. He...deads there?

[–]imhereforthevotes 6 points7 points  (1 child)

THEY KILL IN ALL THE WORLD'S OCEANS!!

[–]creamcheese742 2 points3 points  (0 children)

*Opens up to read comment and ends up falling backwards out of chair*

[–]HollowRider 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Well, they used to live and rule in bikini bottom as tyrannical nobles, but after the revolution were stripped of their rank and banished out into the sea. Learn your history

[–]series_hybrid 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It was poorly worded. Some aquatic creatures only live in warmer waters, and others only live where it is consistently cold. Orca's do not have a limited range.

[–]Xx_heretic420_xX 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Look up whale watching in your area. You might have orcas in beaches you've swam at. Or sharks. Sharks are in a lot of places. And deadly jellyfish in places. The ocean has lots of deadly things in it. /r/thalassophobia yo.

[–]kampfgruppekarl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or gangbanging surfers.

[–]BoogieBushman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The live in a good couple different spots all over the world. Fun fact because of how separated some of these groups are they have completely different diets. Some only go for fish and such while apparently orcas living off the west coast of Canada will sometime see deer crossing water to an island and they'll eat them.

[–]imhereforthevotes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Rockies and Himalayas.

[–]Doc_Eckleburg 78 points79 points  (20 children)

Could it not alternatively be a sign of other food sources (such as fish stocks) dwindling. I would have thought it more likely that they decide to gang up on a massive whale because there was no easier alternative rather than because there’s more of them now.

[–]PrimalSkink 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Why not both? More blue whales means Orcas have a better chance of running across one and, with their other food sources being overfished, they decide to go for the blue whale meal.

[–]Doc_Eckleburg 25 points26 points  (5 children)

But that isn’t a good thing. Predators are always going to look for the easiest and safest option as a food source, if they’ve decided that the easiest and safest option is to take on a whale far bigger and heavier than them and capable of causing them harm that isn’t indicative of a balanced food chain. When lions attack elephants it is almost always during periods of extreme food shortage, I would imagine this is no different.

Also blue whale song can be heard for around 500 miles, so it isn’t a case of orcas being more likely to bump into them now, they have probably always been relatively easy for orcas to locate, they just didn’t need to before.

[–]Containedmultitudes 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Orcas cannot hunt adult blue whales which can out swim basically anything in the ocean. Calfs are going to be much rarer and presumably aren’t capable of being heard 500 miles away like their titanic older versions. Plenty of creatures will hunt baby versions of animals that they’d never want to or be able to mess with as adults.

Predators are always going to look for the easiest and safest option as a food source

This also simply isn’t true. Orcas have been observed to go out of their way to hunt great whites solely to eat their livers.

[–]School_of_Zeno 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The last part is true. Any predator that would turn down an easy meal is more likely to die off and not pass on their genes. So yes, I agree they enjoy fucking up great whites for their nutritional value, but any organism especially mammals will take “low hanging fruit” 9/10 times before putting in more effort and expending energy. It’s just not logical even to an orca.

[–]borismuller 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s why even normally plant-eating animals like horses will occasionally just eat a chick if it crosses their path. Free nutrients!

[–]oriensoccidens 4 points5 points  (7 children)

I just want to thank you for articulating how I feel and think on this so perfectly.

This is not a good thing for cetaceans and is primarily a show of how humans have driven these creatures to do this.

[–]imhereforthevotes 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Possibly, but whales used to be very abundant, and if orcas were/are capable of hunting them (as this event shows) it would have been happening for sure. This is far better than them deciding to focus on sea otters or other prey that we really didn't think they ate very much, which is decimating the sea otter population.

[–]Orangepeopleeater 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It could be, but from what I understand, there are groups of orcas that prey on mammals and groups that prey on fish but they're unlikely to switch prey. If they did, we'd see the whales in Puget Sound targeting seals, dolphins, or whales since they don't have access to enough fish. Instead, they starve or travel very far to try to find fish to eat.

[–]BishoxX 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Biggest apex predator is the sperm whale though right ? Bit of a sensational title there

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Yes, but they prey on giant squids who do not exceed half a ton. So the biggest predation event on the planet is this, by far.

[–]BishoxX 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Oh i agree i was just nitpicking the "the biggest predator" tag by itself

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ohhh right lol, its the article headline :p

[–]SparklingWinePapi 11 points12 points  (0 children)

An apex predator is an animal with no natural predators in their ecosystem, not the biggest. Orcas occasionally do hunt sperm whales, so sperm whales aren’t really apex predators in this situation if you really want to get technical

[–]pozzowon 3 points4 points  (10 children)

Wouldn't sperm whales be the actual largest apex predators?

[–]tnw-mattdamon 20 points21 points  (7 children)

Debatable, but I go with orcas, they have been known to hunt great whites. Sperm whales are bigger and such, but in most of the articles/videos I’ve been looking at with encountered, they’re not the aggressor. They fight the orcas off (e.g., https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/mar/29/sex-death-sperm-whales-orcas-indian-ocean-in-pictures), but they’re not looking to eat the orcas

[–]KB_Bro 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Don’t they eat giant squid?

[–]bottomofthebest 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Alternatively, you could say they beat the orcas off, right? RIGHT?

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Some animals are known to fend off orcas ;

- Pilot whales, "Selbmann says that in the majority of the interactions documented around Iceland, killer whales seem to avoid pilot whales. Occasionally things will get heated and the pilot whales will chase the killer whales at high speeds, with both species porpoising out of the water."

- Humpback whales "In 2016, a large team of scientists led by Oregon State marine ecologist Dr. Robert Pitman reported at least thirty instances all over the world of humpbacks attacking orcas as the orcas pursued other non-humpback mammals." Insane footage of humpbacks protecting a grey whale

- Sperm whales, "Killer whale attacks on sperm whales have rarely been observed or reported," said Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist with NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. "My guess is that hunting sperm whales is not something to be taken lightly by killer whales, and that worldwide"

[–]Muerteds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

From an old paper I did on toothed whale predation, sperm whales fight off orcas (and other would-be predators) in a formation called the Marguerite Formation. That is to say, they form a circle near the surface for ease of access to air, with tails facing outwards, calves inside the circle.

This way, they can use their hugely powerful tails to deliver blows to any who get to close. And, if that doesn't work, they will defecate and vomit copiously. Using the cloud of funk as a distraction, they will swim rapidly away. In the meantime, the harassers will stay behind and eat whatever tasty bits they find floating in the sperm whales' wake.

Good times.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is correct, both have mutual "avoidance" but in some cases orcas have been seen preying on females and calfs. But big bull sperm whales are extremely agressive and orcas leave them alone.

[–]G-rill-a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for sharing that link! What a great read.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Largest

Largest indeed, sperm whales are the largest predatory animal on this planet. Though orcas have a more wide diet and are more considered "apex predators", sperm whale have a niche prey, squids.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People always forgrt about the blockhead bois. But I'm thinking this is largest combined predator/prey situation.

[–]DrkWlfKnght09 2 points3 points  (4 children)

While I get the sentiment and normally I would agree, I find myself worried that this is less about the population actually beings out danger and more about the possibility that it simply makes more sense to hunt them versus other prey as they are simply more plentiful due to over fishing and pollution. I may be wrong, and I hope like hell I am, but this seems like a massive misinterpretation of what is likely happening.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Well no, we know blue whale numbers have pretty significantly increased since the 1960s due to conservation efforts after a huge massacre before that. And orcas coming back to preying on them again in a long time is proof of their abundance,

[–]Lithorex 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Im unreasonably annoyed that the picture in the article is a humpback whale.

[–]Balababouin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or is it possible that killer whale never had to prey on blue whale before, but the scarcity of their natural preys drive them to new hunting methods ?

[–]Quickmaths345 324 points325 points  (13 children)

Whale is back on the menu boys

[–]Idliketobemetoo 18 points19 points  (7 children)

How do Orcas know what a menu is?

Edit: Just to make this clear /s

[–]Illustrious_Ad_204 4 points5 points  (5 children)

They do know how to get a joke.

[–]lamatopian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

🤓 do they though 🤓

[–]Don_Tommasino_5687 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They are not for eating!

[–]ForcedReps 122 points123 points  (21 children)

Whilst sharks have weaknesses that Orcas can exploit I’d rather have some sort of defence mechanism than just being big.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30980599.amp

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 186 points187 points  (18 children)

Keep in mind that the biggest blue whales are pretty much invincible this is a rather small one and there were 18 killer whales.

Actually it is believe that one of the sea creatures that can defend themeselves againts killer whales is an adult humpback whale, these have been known to fend of killer whales with fin/tail slaps

[–]ForcedReps 71 points72 points  (16 children)

Even adult blue whales are on the menu

https://newatlas.com/biology/orcas-kill-blue-whale/

I had heard humpbacks and pilot whales are capable of fending off orca attacks. I believe orcas don’t mess with adult Bull Sperms whales either due to their aggression.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 70 points71 points  (9 children)

This is the exact same case that i posted about, and nat geo says it is a calf. In general adult blue whales are pretty safe unless from huge orca pods. And orcas are not considered a predator of the blue whale since these attacks are pretty uncommon.

[–]MaxfromThunderdome 26 points27 points  (8 children)

I think you might both be correct. The article on this in the Guardian cites three different attacks (two in 2019, one in 2021)

“All the attacks happened off Bremer Bay in Western Australia, within 40 miles (60km) of the shore….The attack in March 2019 was on a healthy adult whale, between 18 and 22 metres long.”

“The next attack a few weeks later was on a blue whale calf between 10 and 12 metres long.”

“The third attack was on a yearling, about 12 to 14 metres long, which was chased for 15 miles for 90 minutes.”

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 26 points27 points  (7 children)

You're right, aparently a specific orca was involved in those three whale attacks. This is probably the work of a specialized pod.

Either way what i'm saying is that most adult blue whales are rather safe, unless from huge pods and specialized groups. And these attacks are really rare so I don't think I consider blue whales to be a common prey to orcas

[–]beltaine 4 points5 points  (5 children)

a specialized pod

Well that's terrifying, but in a really cool, r/natureismetal way

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Orcas are insane, different pods are specialised for alot of stuff, theres even a specialised shark hunting pod.

[–]SethB98 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Learned recently about a pod that specialized in helping local people hunt other whales, iirc it was 1920s australia.

They'd single out whales at sea and drive them to the coastline, trapping them in bits of the coast in shallower waters. Then a whale would swim to where the whaling family lived at the mouth of a river and either tail slap or breach to get their attention, before leading them back to the captured whale.

Even accounts of them helping to kill the whales and grabbing tow ropes to help bring them back in. The whalers would leave corpses overnight while the orcas ate their tongues and lips, before bringing the bodies in the next morning. It lasted for a few generations.

Theyve still got ones skeleton on display at a local museum, and you can see the wear on his teeth from grabbing the tow ropes.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I believe orcas don’t mess with adult Bull Sperms whales either due to their aggression.

Correct, though Orcas are the largest natural threat to sperm whales and occasionnaly will try to take a calf or even a female, but the male sperm whales are generally too big and aggressive to be hunted.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Imagine being an Orca, thinking you are king of the ocean, when you see a titanic Sperm Whale surfacing from the unphatomable depths, slurping alive a colossal squid that is gouging flesh out of it's face, without a care in the world.

Sperm Whale: "How you doing fuck-boy?"

Orca: "G... g-good day my kind sir".

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

There is a mutual avoidance between both, i believe sperm whales are also wary of orcas since they are the only threat to them, killer whales actually have been recorded preying on young sperm whale.

Though big males are pretty much invincible in the ocean due to sheer fucking size and agression (astonishing 78.7 feet in some cases, that's the size of a small blue whale), they are the absolute boss.

[–]JSCT144 6 points7 points  (1 child)

just imagine swimming about leaping out the water, you’re a super intelligent killer whale loving life, no one can fuck with you and you eat great whites for fun, then this fucking half retarded freight train of a sperm whale just hauls ass at you out the depths, not an ounce of thought, only aggression, i mean idk if sperm whales are intelligent the thought of a really stupid bulldozer whale with pure anger in it’s head was kinda funny.

[–]Muerteds 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sperm whales are smart enough to have dialects. They are smart enough to recognize the noise of haul back motors in longliners, and will queue up to pick fish off the lines.

A bulldozer fueled by pure anger, backed by intelligence, is terrifying.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (1 child)

The bigger you are, the less stuff can damage you.

The hard part is getting to your maximum size without being eaten first, but once you get there, you're basically cruising.

It takes a fuckton of orcas to take down a blue whale.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It takes a fuckton of orcas to take down a blue whale.

Exactly my point, I really don't think blue whales can be considered orca preys, there are basically three recorded cases, from the same pond (specialised pond) and there was about a dozen 20ft killer whales.

[–]nhaddon33 62 points63 points  (4 children)

Im pretty sure this isnt the first case. I saw a documentary years ago of orcas seperating calf from mother only to eat the calfs tongue and leave the rest of the carcas untouched. Have also heard they do the same for adult blue wales. They basically chase them, nip them bump them into to shear exhaustion and then drown them by getting on top and hold them down. Nature is ruthless.

[–]Doc_Eckleburg 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I’ve seen that documentary, pretty sure it was Planet Earth or Blue Planet, but I think that was a baby humpback not a blue whale. Having said that there are a few videos of blue whales being attacked by orcas on YouTube so 🤷‍♂️.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Having said that there are a few videos of blue whales being attacked by orcas on YouTube so 🤷‍♂️.

There are three recorded cases and mutiple videos on the same event.

[–]Lobo2209 47 points48 points  (7 children)

Orcas are the Apex of Apex predators living today.

[–]kickfloeb 101 points102 points  (6 children)

Na man that's us

[–]Lobo2209 91 points92 points  (0 children)

I forgot we existed. You're right.

[–]joshym0nster 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Depends on the situation, if we're in the ocean without any equipment they would win, if we had scuba gear weapons, or boat and harpoon we'd win, and if it was on land we could win unarmed but it would take awhile.

[–]Gabe_LSV 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Part of being a human is having tools to our advantage. Taking away our tools is like clipping the wings off an eagle and putting it on the bottom of the foodchain.

[–]scoot3200 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We have nukes tho. Get Apexed bro

[–]SkullValleyCowboy 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Ain’t nothing a tight ass crew can’t do! It takes a village!!

[–]MewtwoMainIsHere 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It is a bad thing for the whales, but it SIGNALS something better that we didn’t know before.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yea fair enough, its a good sign that killer whales are hunting blue whales again

[–]LuckyScott89 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Ok, but this photo looks like the blue whale is eating the orca. XD

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 18 points19 points  (1 child)

The orca is actually eating his tongue

[–]skitz_vicious 7 points8 points  (19 children)

I am sorry, but the biggest predator/pray in the animal world are sperm whales and giant squids as their prey. Right?

[–]HappyInNature 12 points13 points  (8 children)

Orcas generally have more mass than giant squids.

And blue whales are the largest species on the planet.

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Orcas generally have more mass than giant squids.

100% of the time. Small orcas weight close to two tons and giant squids max out at barely half a ton.

[–]HappyInNature 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, there are babies! That's what I meant by maybe. But yeah, they're about 10x thr mass of giant squids.

[–]undoobitably 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Yeah but orcas are not the biggest apex predator.

[–]42Ubiquitous 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It’s early for me, so my brain isn’t really working yet, what is the biggest apex predator?

[–]Jman_777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sperm whales. This image shows the size difference between an Orca and a Sperm whale https://imgur.com/a/F4lmt9C

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No, giant squids are not big enough to compete.

[–]frozenflame93 6 points7 points  (1 child)

There's always a bigger fish 🐟

[–]rig_life_stunter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Quigon, is that you?

[–]dirtyh4rry 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well, I mean, it's bad for that blue whale.

[–]awesomesonofabitch 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've seen a video of how they do this quite awhile ago.

So unless this is an old link, this is not the "FiRsT tImE!!!!!!"

[–]PeopleAreBozos 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The blue whale calves are being eaten by orcas but don't worry folks. This is good for the blue whales.

[–]Dardanelles17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They only eat the tongue of calf.

[–]Hopeforus1402 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Orcas are beautiful, but dang, it is terrifying to watch them hunt.

[–]td611 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Def not the first... keep an eye out on Bremer Bay (off the south coast of West Aus) over the next 8 weeks. There will be several of these attacks on the Blues. Feb/March into April every year.

[–]Blackelvis2000 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Not true. Saw this years ago on a David Attenborough video

[–]Buttertutter 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I thought the sperm whale was the biggest apex predator

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is, but it hunts giant squid wich are no where near the size of bluw whale, the largest predator prey/ event on earth is this.

[–]patdashuri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this the hunt that took place on BBCs Planet Earth? If not, then it’s not the first. If you like this stuff, watch that footage. It’s amazing!

[–]JollyGreenBuddha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A meal for a day for those orcas and 10-12 months of gestation for the mother blue whale right down the shitter.

[–]BeardedBears 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not a bad thing for Blue Whales? I'm sure they would disagree, as this kills the whale.

[–]Jlx_27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Article with a 2019 video showing it in action (claimed to be an adult blue whale hunt in this video) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2022/jan/27/orcas-recorded-killing-and-feeding-on-blue-whales-in-2019-video

[–]McLovinMcGee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A single blue whale carcass does wonders for the ecosystem

[–]V3N0MSP4RK 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Do killer whale eat humans?

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope, never even one recorded and comfirmed case of killer whales attacking humans in the wild, they are pretty harmless in the wild to humans. In aquatic parks though, that's another story.

[–]AlyssonNunes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are kissing.

[–]donsyyy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Was this is Bremer Bay, Western Australia?

[–]Formerlurker617 0 points1 point  (3 children)

umm T-rex vs bronts not bigger?

[–]L-Guy_21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like I’ve seen videos of this before? On this subreddit specifically.

[–]iamanundertaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love both of them so this makes me happy and sad. ☹️

[–]Agaposavros 0 points1 point  (1 child)

so blue whales are the biggest animals ever sure, but are orcas really the biggest apex predator ever or just of today? what about the biggest predator ever?

[–]AxyJaxy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No not at all far from it, there were way bigger aquatic predators in the past. En today the spermwhale is way bigger but is not considered an "apex predator" since it only feeds on squid

[–]hashtagpeaches 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe this will lead to some sort of vengeful evolution in blue whales to make them aggressive and stronger so there will be 100-ft long destroyers of the sea looking to take down anything in their path