Turning the tables on Jaws.
Byline: Nature Shock
THANKS to Steven Spielberg's frightening 1975 thriller Jaws, everyone thinks the great white shark great white shark
or white shark
Large, aggressive shark (Carcharodon carcharias, family Lamnidae), considered the species most dangerous to humans. It is found in tropical and temperate regions of all oceans and is noted for its voracious appetite. is the most fearsome predator in the animal kingdom.
While most people understand that they are not the man-hunting beasts portrayed in film, few realise that they too are preyed upon and make quite a meal for a hungry orca - aka the killer whale killer whale or grampus, a large, rapacious marine mammal, Orcinus orca, of the dolphin family. Male killer whales may reach a length of 30 ft (9 m) and females half that length. . v
Nature Shock (Five, 8pm) returns this evening with the amazing story of tourists aboard a whale-watching boat near the Farallones Islands, 27 miles west of San Francisco, witnessing a half-ton great white shark being killed and eaten by an orca.
Killer whales have a fearsome name for a reason - they are nature's ultimate killing machine but, thanks to Free Willy, they're often considered docile creatures who pose no threat to humans, although there have been instances where captive killer whales have attacked their trainers.
In contrast, great whites are seen as killers that sometimes deliberately target humans.
While these have been few and far between, orcas are known to prey on To take prey from; to despoil; to pillage; to rob
To seize as prey; to take for food by violence; to seize and devour.
To wear away gradually; to cause to waste or pine away; as, the trouble preyed upon his mind s>.
See also: Prey Prey Prey sharks more often than one might think.
This extraordinary event was captured on camera for the first time in 1997 and can now be seen by viewers in the first edition of this intriguing documentary series.
Nature Shock Tuesday, Five, 8pm
Orca - the ultimate predator