Killer whale throws turtle into air before eating it

Tour guide and passengers stand in amazement as they watch the whale tease its prey

Matt Murphy@Matt__Murphy
Monday 15 August 2016 13:45
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Turtle thrown up in air by orca

A video has captured the moment an orca tosses a turtle into the air before eating it.

The Orca flipped the turtle high above the water in the Bolivar Channel, Ecuador, teasing it before finally going in for the kill.

Tour guide Phil Courter filmed the video while on a boat trip around the Galapagos Islands.

Fernando Diez, a passenger on the boat, was delighted as he watched events unfold, saying he’d “never imagined” he’d see something like that.

"It was incredible,” said Diez.

"We knew the Orcas were feeding in these waters as we were returning from our snorkelling excursion, but never imagined we would see them playing with their food like this.

"It is not too common for Orcas to feed on sea turtles, and our guide believed that they were playing with the turtle because they weren't really hungry.

"After several minutes of playing with it, the Orca ended up eating the sea turtle."

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