The offshore killer whales come to the Monterey Bay once a year. The drone video showed the encounter between the killer whales and the young sharks. It is worth mentioning that the studies on transient killer whales can not be applied to offshore killer whales as well, because these two types don't hunt the same animals, and they don't interbreed.
"Hey, we got a pod of orcas and here are the coordinates", Slater Moore, a photographer who works with the Northern California company, recalled the other party telling them.
The first-of-its-kind footage, captured by Slater Moore of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, showed the orcas engaged in a behavior called prey sharing, meant to teach calves about food sources.
According to the Orca Network, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of whales in the Pacific Northwest, offshore killer whales are known to enjoy shark-sushi meals.
Moore captured the rare footage with a camera mounted on a drone while he was aboard SeaWolfe II for a whale watching tour.
The unlucky predator-turned-prey is believed to be a sevengill shark, which can top 7 feet (2 meters) in length. Turns out, that the two adult female killer whales were feasting on two young sharks!
Offshore whale sharks are known to have a fondness for shark meat.
"And all of a sudden one of them brought it up, brought up the whole shark - and it was still alive, it was squirming around", Katlyn Taylor said, according to the website The Verge.
The more commonly spotted killer whales for the Monterey Bay are called transient killer whales, which mainly eat other mammals. Representatives of MBWW say that not much info is available as of today about offshore killer whales apart from basic details such as their dietary habits and social group size. Their teeth are also worn off from biting and chewing the tough, sand-papery skin of sharks. Where they spend their time in between is a mystery, but scientists know they've surfaced all the way from southern California to Alaska. "That's part of the fun though, you never know what's going to happen", Taylor said.