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Killer Whales Attack Dolphins on Japan Coast

Killer Whales Attack Dolphins on Japan Coasti
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May 31, 2013 3:12 PM
Japan's coast guard has released dramatic video of footage about 500 dolphins fleeing a pack of orcas, commonly known as killer whales.

Killer Whales Attack Dolphins on Japan Coast

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Japan's coast guard has released dramatic video of footage about 500 dolphins fleeing a pack of orcas, commonly known as killer whales.

Reuters news agency reports the video was filmed from a Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessel off the coast of Nagasaki prefecture in southern Japan on Thursday.

Japan's Seventh Regional Headquarters says the camera captured the dolphin pod making a life-or-death attempt to escape.

The footage shows at least three whales chasing the dolphins. Orcas are thought to live and hunt in groups, anywhere from Arctic to tropical waters.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates there are at least 50,000 killer whales in the wild.

The whales hunt a wide range of prey including fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and cephalopods.

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by: Barbara Lovett from: United States
May 31, 2013 2:04 PM
I don't think the orca are chasing the dolphins. There is no "attack". They are most likely chasing a common food source. People often react like this when seeing orca with dolphins.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
June 05, 2013 4:16 AM
I wonder what would be the prey fleeing from orcas and dolphins runnning away at nealy the same speed if both mammals are chasing the same life?

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