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Unbelievable Battle between Killer Whales and Sperm Whales Caught on Camera

Rarely has such an event been observed, let alone filmed, but photographer and conservationist Shawn Heinrichs was lucky enough to encounter two of the ocean’s great heavyweights engage in a violent survival contest. What did he do next? Risk his life to capture it on camera of course.

Sperm Whale

Orcas, or ‘killer whales’, are known for their intelligence and ferocity. Sperm whales are the largest toothed whale species, and can grow to over 16 metres long. The attack was witnessed by Heinrichs and his crew during a trip off the coast of Sri Lanka (ironically in search of the endangered Blue Whale).

Sperm whales themselves are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN, whereas there is insufficient data on orcas to determine the threat of extinction.

Orcas swimming

The footage did reveal some interesting insights into the behavior of the sperm whales. Despite the ability to dive over 1km deep, they gathered together in a sort of defensive huddle in order to protect themselves from the attack. It is unclear how many whales survived.

Whale attack 2

Source: Blue Sphere Media

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