Killer whales and great white sharks are two of the strongest creatures to live in the ocean. Both pray on other creatures for food, but it turns out killer whales don’t just go for those smaller and weaker than themselves.
Read on to find out why great white sharks are now on the menu for these majestic whales…
But sadly, there is a horrible misconception surrounding these beautiful creatures.
These whales, who are commonly known as orcas, are very popular in captivity.
Since the 1960’s when the world’s first-ever killer whale was captured and placed into captivity in California, the species has become one of the most popular and high-demand marine mammals for aquariums.
And it didn’t take long for organizations such as SeaWorld to start using them in live performative shows.
And Shamu the orca is now world-famous.
The proclaimed 2013 documentary Blackfish outlined the horrors that go on behind the captivity of killer whales and other marine life… and SeaWorld certainly has a lot to answer for.
Killer whales and other marine mammals should not be kept in captivity.
These poor whales spend their entire lives in huge tanks which causes them great stress and frustration.
Just imagine spending decades in a bathtub. That’s exactly how it feels for these unfortunate killer whales.
Being cooped up in captivity has caused them to lash out over the years and numerous SeaWorld trainers have been severely injured.
Dawn’s death not only sparked outrage over the captivity of killer whales, but it also created a sense of fear over these “unpredictable” and “terrifying” animals.
And this alarming behavior simply comes from being kept in a plastic tank for their entire lives.
Killer whales are actually very emotional and social animals…
Who show very little danger to humans.
Even those just as big.
Yep, you heard that right. Great white sharks.
The information comes from a new government report that claims the great whites are being killed for their livers.
And the whales are thought to be ripping out the fatty livers with their teeth.
All with teeth marks suggesting they were savaged by killer whales.
Many visitors opt to see the creatures from tour boats and those brave enough can even go view them from protective shark cages.
Among them are climate change, hunters and over population.
The Daily Mail reported that they found the decrease in numbers is “more likely a shift in distribution … as a result of recent orca occurrence and predation, rather than being related to the fishing activity.”
But in 2019, there was no sighting all year.
Sadly though, while the great whites might be in danger of predators, it was also said that “most of that loss is due to habitat degradation and illicit fishing practices”.
Let’s hope they find a solution soon, as the lack of great whites could have a big impact on Cape Towns’ tourism industry.
Keep on scrolling to read about Canada passing the “Free Willy” bill that bans dolphin and whale captivity…