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In this July 13, 2016 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, killer whales swim off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. Researchers returning from a 30-day expedition to study whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian islands are looking for clues to help sustain healthy populations of the marine mammals. NOAA scientists told reporters Thursday, July 28, 2016 that gathering data on the animals is often difficult, especially around the windward coasts of the Hawaiian Islands. (NOAA via AP)

Drone video captured killer whales eating a live shark


California photographer Slater Moore captured drone footage of killer whales eating a live shark last Tuesday during a Monterey Bay Whale Watch tour, according to CBS News

The Sea Wolf II, which had a dozen whale watchers on board, received a call from a fishing boat that said there were killer whales about 40 minutes away from their coordinates at the time. 

The passengers weren't sure if they would make it in time, but when the Sea Wolf II arrived more than a half-dozen killer whales began swimming around the boat. 

Moore then set up his drone and began filming the encounter, according to the Washington Post

Moore said he tried to keep the drone steady and contain his excitement while filming an adult killer whale as it ate what appeared to be a sevengill shark. 

He told the Washington Post that the whales appeared to pass the shark to one another. 

"They kind of take turns," Moore explained to the Washington Post. "One grabs the shark. The other ones peel off and circle around." 

Monterey Bay Whale Watch told CBS News that this type of food-sharing is rarely caught on film. They also noted that the adult whales may have been teaching the calves how to hunt for food. 

Moore and Monterey Bay Whale Watch uploaded the video to social media and it has since been shared thousands of times. 

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