Photography is a medium through which people can capture a part of their life and share it with the whole world. Throughout the years, the technology used for photography has climbed to a whole new level. Today, we are able to capture images with our phones as well as take aerial photos with drones that are capable of flying more than 500 ft away using real-life view.
Slater Moore, a professional photographer and drone pilot based out of Monterey, CA has always had a passion towards marine life and capturing images to share with people all over the world.
Slater has been photographing at sea since 2012, and had been working at sea as a deckhand for several years prior. While aboard the SeaWolfe II with the whale tour company Monterey Bay Whale Watch on Tuesday, Moore along with a group spotted two adult female killer whales and two calves tearing into a still-wriggling shark in California’s Monterey Bay. The whales are also called the offshore killer whale and to catch such a particular type of whale in action is rare.
When Moore and team spotted the two females and two calves, the crew knew that they have been preying on something and as usual, Moore followed his curiosity and flew a drone over the whales.
“And all of a sudden one of them brought it up, brought up the whole shark — and it was still alive, it was squirming around,” says Katlyn Taylor, a marine biologist with the company.
Sharks are one of the deadliest creatures on the planet and to eat them as baby food is truly badass. Taylor says, the shark could have probably been a sevengill shark, native to the San Francisco and Monterey Bays. These deadly predators can reach an astonishing 10 feet long, but the whales were preying on one which was closer to five feet.
Killer whales usually hunt underwater and they usually prey on fish, sharks, and squid deep down the ocean and are hard to find. Scientists concluded that killer whales often ate sharks after finding shark bits in dead killer whales that washed ashore. Usually, their teeth are worn out from chewing on rock-hard or sandpapery skin of the shark.
The offshore killer whales have always been a mystery to marine biologists and scientists since they cannot figure out where they go all year. They appear in Monterey Bay every year or so and is known to surface from Southern California to Alaska at unequal intervals.
“They’re kinda tricky animals to study,” Taylor says. “They hold their breath a long time, they swim really fast, they travel way offshore. That’s part of the fun though, you never know what’s going to happen.” Like watching two baby whales, and, probably, their mothers, eat a shark alive. – Verge
Credits: Slater Moore.
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