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Video: Orcas hunting in crystal clear shallows Photo

Video: Orcas hunting in crystal clear shallows

When Jack Preston took his drone out for only the second time, he did not expect to find Orcas hunting in the crystal clear shallows around the Mercury Islands in New Zealand. The Orcas of this area hunt stingrays in the shallows collectively, one whale pulling a stingray out from a hiding spot and another fully biting it.

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Study published on why humpbacks protect other mammals from Orca predation Photo

Study published on why humpbacks protect other mammals from Orca predation

In a recent study published in Marine Mammal Science, scientists analyzed the somewhat puzzling behavior of humpback whales to protect other species from killer whales. The study focused on 115 specific instances where humpbacks interfered in orcas attacking other animals. Without any obvious benefit to the humpbacks resulting from protecting other animals, the scientists said they could not rule out altruistic intentions on the part of the humpback whales.

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NOAA uses drone to study orcas Photo

NOAA uses drone to study orcas

NOAA has teamed up with the Vancouver Aquarium to capture aerial images of a group of Northern Resident orcas in British Columbia with a UAV. This population is threatened and feeds on salmon in the area, which is in itself threatened. (Photo credit: NOAA, Vancouver Aquarium.)

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Scientists describe new species of orca Photo

Scientists describe new species of orca

A study in the journal Polar Biology has described a new species of orca that has been discovered off the coast of New Zealand. The whale has been classified as Orcinus orca Type D and is characterized by a very small white eye-patch and bulbous forehead.

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