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Killer whales break through the ice platform to hunt and kill seals

Killer whales break through the ice platform to hunt and kill seals

  • A new BBC documentary shows a group of killer whales hunting seals using cutting-edge technology.
  • They used ‘Crash Waves’, which created a wave to break up an ice platform and trap the seal on it.
  • This technique is used by only about 100 killer whales around the world.

Dramatic footage showed killer whales using a rare hunting technique to hunt and kill seals in the icy waters around Antarctica.

The video, which is part of the new BBC documentary ‘Frozen Planet II’ released on Sunday in the UK, shows four killer whales attacking Weddell seals. The seal found refuge on a platform made of ice floating on the water.

The killer whales started swimming side by side, creating a wave that slashed the seal’s large ice platform into a smaller one, making it vulnerable.

The second wave created by the whales caused the ice to fall off the ice in the water, where the whales could attack it.

Once the seal was in the water, the whales used another hunting technique: blowing bubbles to confuse the seal, which made it easier to catch.

Weddell's seal appears on a block of ice floating on water.

Weddell’s seal floats among pieces of ice in Antarctica on February 20, 2019.

Özge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images


There are only about 100 killer whales on Earth that use this sophisticated, coordinated hunting technique, according to the documentary, which was narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough. It is known as “breaking waves”.

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expert He previously said from the inside They may do this using echolocation to find the fat members of their prey.

Killer whales are not put off by hunting larger animals. It showed rare footage that was published earlier this year Attack and kill at least two blue whalesThe largest animals on the planet.

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