On Thursday, a rare occurrence of orcas attacking adult gray whales was recorded in Monterey Bay. Evan Brodsky, who was at sea with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, managed to capture the extraordinary event using a drone. He reported witnessing over 30 orcas, commonly known as killer whales, assaulting two adult gray whales in an attempt to devour them while still alive. It is unusual for orcas to target adult gray whales since they typically prey on the more defenseless calves.
Here is the video:
However, it was too early in the season for the orcas to find any calves, as they have not yet migrated through the region. The intense assault endured for six hours until the gray whales managed to separate and escape to shallower waters.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch states that gray whales and orcas are usually sighted off the Central Coast from January to March. As the season transitions from late spring to early summer, humpback whales and blue whales will become the primary species spotted in the area.