It’s official, orcas are the toughest predators

Written by on September 14, 2015 in Marine Life, Sharks, Whales & Dolphins

Ocean’s Toughest Predators: Great White Shark vs. Killer Whale

Killer whales.

Killer whales. Photo credit: Kim Parsons/NOAA Fisheries.

Back in 2013, we wondered which of these top predators would end up on top: a great white shark or an orca. Even though a great white’s razor sharp teeth might look more intimidating, the orca is the clear winner, based on it’s size and hunting techniques. Check out the post to learn more.

And if that’s not enough to convince you that orcas are the top predator, hopefully this headline will: “Sevengill throws itself out of the sea to escape killer whales.”

That’s right. A sevengill shark actually had to be rescued last week because it had launched itself out of the water to escape the pod of orcas that were hunting it. Read the Inquisitr article for the details.

Sevengill shark.

Sevengill shark. Photo credit: Adventures in Librarianship via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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