- Two killer whales were in the area feeding on a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)—a favored food of great whites. Perhaps the smell of fresh sea lion blood drew the shark to the area, but once one of the killer whales sighted the great white it immediately charged and contacted the shark under water.
- The killer whale pulled the 3 to 4 m (10-13 ft.) shark to the surface in its mouth and the killer whales consumed sections of the great white such as its enormous liver.
- This is certainly no indication of what may happen every time killer whales face great whites, but it does demonstrate the variety of a killer whale’s diet.
Prey such as these sea lions, may not
be safe from killer whales even on land.
Killer whales possess sharp, cone-shaped
teeth adapted for ripping and tearing prey.