Orca Rockets Unfortunate Seal 80 Feet Into the Air

Rebecca OConnell

While collecting footage for a promotional whale watching video, Mike Walker of Roll.Focus.Productions managed to catch an orca popping a seal out of the water. While it's normal for orcas to hit seals with their tails to stun them, this particular hit was especially forceful. By the film crew's rough estimates, the victim flew about 80 feet above the ocean.

"We do a ton of whale watching, but this is fairly rare,” Walker told The Huffington Post. “Brett Soberg—owner of Eagle Wing—mentioned to us that it's only the fourth time he's seen an orca do that in about 20 years.”

The group of killer whales in the video are known amongst researchers as the T69s. The strong-tailed orca in question is called T69C and is about 20 years old. The action was caught in Victoria, British Columbia. 

[h/t: Discovery, Earth Touch News]