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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Killer Whale Attacks a Gray Whale Calf

An adult male orca smashes into a gray whale calf. We were witness to a killer whale predation of a gray whale calf on Monterey Bay. This battle lasted four gut-wrenching hours and was very hard to watch. As hard as it was to see, it was fascinating to see the strategies employed by the killer whales to separate the calf from its mother, batter and eventually drown the calf.

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Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 07.2019
Photo Location: Moss Landing, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Douglas Croft