Killer Whales Feast On Minke Whale Carcass In California’s Monterey Bay

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Morgan Quimby Photography/Monterey Bay Whale Watch

There’s one thing for certain about orca whales (AKA killer whales)…

They’re some of the fiercest hunters in all of the sea.

We’ve seen several videos over the years of the creatures obliterating their prey, using their massive size to their advantage.

On top of that, we’ve also seen several videos of orcas coming in contact with and wreaking havoc on boats as well.

Needless to say, the creatures are not to be messed with.

And if you need any more motivation to stay away from these massive beasts, here you go.

Boaters in California’s Monterey Bay witnessed a number of killer whales turning a minke whale into dinner, and as you can see in the pictures, the much smaller whale never had a chance.

However, these moments are pretty rare to capture via picture, as the last documented orca whale attack on a minke whale went down back in 2012.

Monterey Bay Whale Watch wrote on their Facebook page:

“We had an absolutely INCREDIBLE day yesterday, on 12/9/23! We documented the 5th ever minke whale predation by killer whales ever seen in Monterey Bay in almost 40 years! The last documented minke whale predation in Monterey Bay was in April of 2012.
There were around 15 orcas there, with CA140 ‘Emma’ leading the charge on the predation. One of our amazing photographers, Morgan Quimby, was able to get the only photo of the minke whale carcass.
When we received the report of orcas, there were only 3-4 in the area, then someone else reported others a few miles away, and eventually all the different groups came together!
So far, with California Killer Whale Project, we have been able to identify – CA140 ‘Emma,’ CA140C ‘Ben,’ CA140D ‘Oliver/Olivia,’ CA140E, CA163 ‘Liner,’ CA137 ‘Hercules,’ CA40 ‘Xena,’ CA20 ‘Glacier,’ CA54, CA177, CA175A, CA180, CA202 ‘Smiley’, CA202A, likely CA202B, CA202C, and most likely CA202D!”
Check it out:



A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock