TUATEPERE (NEW ZEALAND)-At Blue Cliffs Beach near Tuatapere in Southland, New Zealand, a pod of orcas and a group of sharks clashed in the surf. A wounded sharks washed up on the beach. Witnesses say it looked as if the orcas were hunting the sharks.
There were heaps of sharks just off the beach, swimming in towards the beach then turning around and going back out. The one that washed up had a bloody gash on its snout.
Longtime residents at Blue Cliffs Beach said they have never seen sharks and orcas behaving as they did off the beach. “It would appear the whales were fighting the sharks … the sharks were coming ashore because they didn’t want to be in the water’, one of them told Stuff.co.nz.
Off a small section of beach, there were at least six orcas and six or more sharks, he said. Flea, a dog Mr Robertson was looking after over Christmas, enjoyed running around in the water, unafraid of the sharks.
The shark which washed up on the beach later disappeared after high tide. “It could be a whale’s dinner by now.”
Small sharks were sometimes hunted by orcas. The orcas seen off the coast of Otago habitually seemed to feed on seals, while North Island orcas enjoying rounding up and feasting on stingrays, Mr Fyfe said.
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