Tourists see orcas attack shark

SHARK cage divers off the coast of Port Lincoln have witnessed one of nature’s rarest battles, with a pod of orcas attacking and killing a great white shark off the coast of Port Lincoln.

The 23 tourists were off the North Neptune Islands south of the Eyre Peninsula city on Monday when the pod of six whales — including two calves — turned the tables on one of the ocean’s most feared predators, herding the shark to the surface and slamming it in front of the stunned onlookers.

Orcas, also called killer whales, are the largest members of the dolphin family, and can reach lengths of almost 10m and weigh up to 10 tonnes.

Adventure Bay Charters skipper Kym Shepperd said that he’d never seen anything like it in 20 years at sea.
Mr Shepperd said the whales were behaving strangely off the bow of the boat, close enough that the divers below the water could hear their distinctive clicking sounds.

The pod of killer whales or orcas that attacked the great white shark off Port Lincoln. Picture: Nuttee's Photography.

“We use music to attract the sharks, and some people actually thought we were playing whale sounds as a joke,” he said.

“Then they worked their way to the back of the boat, circling the shark and pushing it down under the water.
“They did that a couple of times, then on the third time everything went quiet and it was all over. It was absolutely epic.”

A large slick then floated to surface, leaving little doubt that the huge shark had just become a meal

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