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Best Commuter Show on Earth (Not Nice for Dolphins)

Posted by Richard Conniff on February 4, 2014

This video just went up, showing what commuters saw from a ferry yesterday in British Columbia.  Here’s the story from the Vancouver Sun:

An increase in transient killer whales and white-sided dolphins in the Strait of Georgia led to a rare sighting of an attack between the two mammals on Monday near Nanaimo.Travellers on board a BC Ferry were stunned as they watched a pod of killer whales prey on a large pod dolphins.

In video, captured by ferry passengers and posted on YouTube, the killer whales appear to chase the dolphins, as they swim and leap fast at the surface of the ocean.

Then, in a rare confrontation not usually seen so close to shore, the orcas can be seen attacking the dolphins.

Read the rest of the story here.  Or just watch the video.  As my friend Geoffrey F. Miller commented: “Orcas held captive for human amusement? Horrible (‪#‎Blackfish‬). Dolphins slaughtered in Taino Bay? Horrible. Orcas hunting and killing dolphins in the wild for human amusement? Priceless! ‪#‎morallyconfused‬”

One Response to “Best Commuter Show on Earth (Not Nice for Dolphins)”

  1. The moral dilemas presented within the circle of life… Impressive video.

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