Extraordinary moment an orca eats a stingray as residents in waterfront properties look on in New Zealand
- A pod of orcas have been filmed hunting a stingray near a waterfont home
- People watched on as the pod hunted and killed the stingray on Sunday
- Stingrays make up a large part of an orca’s diet and are often seen under attack
This is the extraordinary moment an orca was filmed hunting down and eating a stingray outside a waterfront home in front of shocked residents.
In footage shared to social media on Sunday, the pod of orcas were seen cornering a lone stingray as it flapped helplessly on the edge of the shore.
The killer whales, swimming in Marsden Cove Marina, to the north of New Zealand’s North Island, gave the stingray no room to escape.
A pod of orcas have been seen hunting a stingray along a narrow water channel between homes in New Zealand
Locals were seen gathering along the banks as they watched the life and death struggle unfold.
‘Oh there is the stingray he’s got it,’ a boy could heard screaming out.
As a huge orca swam by the white underside of the stingray could be seen held in its mouth as the predator made its way back out to sea.
Stingrays are known to be a significant part of an orca’s diet are regularly spotted by tourists suffering brutal deaths.
Orcas are known to stun stingrays by smashing them with their tail and cornering them in packs before tearing apart the marine animal.
It is not always a one way battle however with some marine scientists citing stingray barbs as a the cause of death for orcas found in the wild.
In footage shared to social media, the pod of orcas were seen cornering a lone stingray as it flapped helplessly on the edge of the shore
The pod and stingray tossed and turned in the water until the hunt came to an end and predator secured its food