Killer Whales on the Hunt in the Monterey Bay

Posted: January 15, 2013  |  By: Jason Hoppin [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

MONTEREY BAY -- The lessons nature offers on the laws of the wild can be brutal. But they also can be beautiful.

That was the case on a cool Saturday on Monterey Bay, when a whale-watching boat came across killer whales on the hunt. A rare sight for sure, but even more rare was when researchers later witnessed the whales living up to their names by making a meal of one of the bay's beloved dolphins.

"I have only seen them catch a dolphin once in 25 years," said Nancy Black, a marine biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch and longtime killer whale researcher. "So it's really rare to be there at the right time."

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