GREAT WHITE SHARK VS KILLER WHALE – Who is the real apex predator?

GREAT WHITE SHARK VS KILLER WHALE – Who is the real apex predator?


Orcas vs great white sharks In a battle of the apex predators who wins? When we think of the ocean’s top predators, most of us are probably going to picture sharks. More specifically, we’re probably picturing the massive great white shark. This shark, is considered the most voracious apex predator in temperate marine ecosystems worldwide, playing a key role in controlling ecosystem dynamics. The washed up, mutilated carcasses of great whites signal a startling trend in the hunting habits of one of the sea’s greatest predators: killer whales. Before we get into some examples, here’s what you need to know about our competitors: The legendary great white shark is a cartilaginous fish that has caused fear and admiration for many years. It is considered one of the biggest predators of the oceans and the fiercest, but there is more imagination than truth in this sentence. His reputation as a “man-eater” is also far from reality. Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators. They’re immediately recognizable by their distinctive black-and-white coloring. Smart and social, orcas make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance. They use echolocation to communicate and hunt, making sounds that travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back, revealing their location, size, and shape. SIZE The body of the white shark is robust and fusiform, about 4-7 meters in length but the average is 6 meters. Its weight is between 3,000 and 3,400 kilograms. Adult females reach dimensions greater than males, which are usually 2 meters smaller. Orcas weigh up to 5,443 kilograms and grow to 7 to 9.7 meters. That is almost as long as a school bus. The largest orca ever recorded was 9.8 m long, according to Sea World. DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT The White Shark it is commonly found on the coasts of North America in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Pacific. Outside of the American continent, the great white shark dwells mainly the waters of South Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, and Oceania. There is a substantial population in the Dyer Island in South Africa, and that is why there is a common place for research about their life. Their habitats include coasts and continental and insular platforms whose waters do not surpass 1,875 meters of depth. In the open ocean, it inhabits to depths of up to 1,200 meters. Killer whales are the most widely distributed mammals, other than humans, according to Sea World. They live in the oceans and seas surrounding most coastal countries. They adapt very well to any climate. For example, they can live in the warm waters near the equator or the icy waters of the North and South Pole regions. Orcas are more likely to be found at higher latitudes and near the shore, though. HUNTING AND DIET The diet of this shark species is, of course, carnivorous. However, it does not usually feed on large species, but on smaller animals such as squids, rays, and other fish. Adult individuals also include other sharks, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whale corpses. They sometimes catch turtles and seabirds to feed on them. They have a clear preference for fat-rich prey. They have different hunting strategies depending on the target victim and the size of the species. The most usual approach is that, once they detect by electroreception their possible food, they locate below and then stealthily swim vertically. Once closer, they inflict a deadly bite and wait for the animal to bleed and die and then eat it. If the prey survives that, they try to hold it with their lower teeth while the upper tear the tissues. Orcas are apex predators, at the top of the food chain. No other animals hunt orcas. Killer whales feed on sea birds, squid, octopuses, sea turtles, sharks, rays and fish. They also eat most marine mammals, such as seals and dugongs. They are known to grab seals right off the ice. Orcas use many different techniques to catch prey. Sometimes they beach themselves to catch seals on land, meaning they jump from the water onto land. Orcas will also work together to catch larger prey or groups of prey such as schools of fish. It’s difficult to imagine the voracious and predatory great white shark as prey. Could orcas really be overpowering them and removing their livers? In 2017, the bodies of five great white sharks washed up on the beaches of South Africa’s Western Cape province. The bodies ranged in size from 9 feet to 16 feet, but each had large sets of puncture marks near the pectoral fins. The murderer of these sharks knew exactly where to bite to get what they wanted: each of the sharks was missing their liver. Clearly, something even more formidable had been preying on them. Scientists determined then that only one other predator could pose such a danger to these killing machines, indeed the evidence was in their name: the killer whale. Orcas are also apex predators and they can rival even the great white for their brutal killing efficiency. Orca seems to have developed a way to take on the great white safely. In 1997, an orca was seen ramming into a great white shark off the coast of San Francisco. The force of the blow stunned the shark and gave the orca the opportunity to flip the great white over and hold it in that position. Sharks are susceptible to something called “tonic immobility.” When they are held upside down in the water, sharks become paralyzed because they require water to move across their gills while they swim in order to breathe. Thus, the orca was essentially able to drown the shark before feeding on it. Orcas are exceptionally intelligent animals and can even coordinate hunting behavior in packs like wolves. They’ve proven that they can easily disarm a great white in an attack. Why Killer Whales Attack Sharks? Those that say sharks are apex predators, that’s not the case. As hard as it is to say it, the killer whales are a step above. Large predators like the orca tend to go after prey animals that have a lot of rich blubber on their body, which means that most of the shark is unappealing as a meal. Certain parts of a shark, however, are appealing to killer whales. In each of the documented attacks, the orcas have made extremely precise bites on the sharks. Primarily, they target the livers, stomachs, and testes of the sharks. And this might actually explain what’s going on. Sharks’ livers have very high concentrations of oil and fats. They are also very large compared to other animals. This potentially makes a great white’s liver one of the best sources of quick energy in the ocean. Orcas seem to have learned this and are targeting sharks specifically for their nutrient-rich livers. There are documented accounts of killer whales targeting sharks that date back decades. It’s possible even that great whites may have been part of the killer whale’s diet well before then. But the rising frequency of the attacks is a new development. Some scientists suggest that the answer could be the changes in the relative ranges of the animals. Shark populations have been growing due to restrictions on fishing. Global warming is expanding the geographical areas these sharks can live in. So sharks and killer whales may simply be sharing the water in close proximity more often. More gravely, it could be that killer whales are running out of their usual source of nutrition and are instead turning to great whites as an alternative meal. The good news for sharks is that they seem to be learning to adjust to the threat. Sharks have been seen leaving areas when they know that there are killer whales nearby.

100 thoughts on “GREAT WHITE SHARK VS KILLER WHALE – Who is the real apex predator?

  1. Orcas will also hunt dolphins, porpoises and other larger whales, usually targeting the calves. Generally, when hunting dolphins and porpoises, their top speed is marginally slower than their quarry but their endurance levels are greater and usually they hunt in pods.

  2. If the take a GWS as big as an orca the shark will win but this factis extremly rare. Orcas hunt in packs and are bigger . There are huge GWS (25 feet) but normaly there are hunted by fisher while they are in the grow process.
    However I would put my money with the Legendary GWS

  3. I go with the orca cuz it is more intelligent
    Also, the orca is bigger! They already have a strategy on how to defeat a shark! There is no way the great white shark can defeat the REAL apex predator!

  4. Killer Whales have an ancestral fear of the Sharks. Why? Well, think about the Megalodon, a Shark that literally ate whales. Not even the Livyatan (the most powerful carnivorous whale that ever existed) was enough to beat the Meg in a fight. For that fish, the Livyatan was only a meal with 30 cm of teeth. Even the comparable size between this 2 predators was not that much for the Megalodon. A shark, that literally ate Whales, crushing their bones with the strongest bite force of all nature. Fortunately for us (and for the whales in general), that big boy is now extinct.

  5. Seriously ?? Compare a 9m whale which hunts in groups with a lonely hunting 6m shark 🤔
    I'm a great shark fan but think the great white can compete is just ridiculous

  6. Great whites are already classified as a prey of a Orca. Its just that orcas dont usually attack sharks because of injury dangers.

  7. Some scientists put the liver oil from great white near a bunch of feeding white sharks. They disappeared. One of them went hundreds of miles and nearly starved. They are scared of the Sea Wolves

  8. It's kinda sad that anyone had to be told that Killer Whales would murder Great Whites. I mean the males weigh up to 12,000 lbs, and they're only one of the most highly evolved and intelligent beings to ever live on this planet.

    Take a pack of gray wolves, add several thousand pounds to each one, insert a human like brain, and you get Killer Whales. What did anyone think would happen if they decided sharks were on the menu?

    Some scientists think they even contributed to Megalodon's extinction.

  9. Great white sharks are the prey of killer whales. Killer whales will make the great white sharks faint by crashing into them, then they bite and eat the livers of the great white sharks to death.

  10. This is stupid killer whales eat sharks well The Ether livers anyway sharks don't eat killer whales that's why they're called killer whales cuz they kill everything except for humans they don't really kill humans out in the wild I'm not saying there might not have been one or two but you hear a lot more about shark attacks the only killer whale that I've heard that killed somebody was it SeaWorld I think it was SeaWorld

  11. Or maybe or as have always gone after sharks? Ever think of that? We have just recently started researching this. So we don't really know if it's common or not. But your douche bag was had to throw in global warming as a cause. Surprised you didn't blame Trump 😂😂😂😂

  12. At around 300 attacks by whites on humans I’d say they’ve sufficiently earned their rep as a man eater. There’s been a huge conservation effort to protect sharks and the white in particular and the propaganda that has been spewing forth is just that in an effort to change public perception. Protect it, fine, but quit with the distorted view that these animals are just misunderstood. The “test” bite also happens to be how they kill their prey such as seals, then leave, not because they don’t like the taste but rather so they don’t get injured and are just waiting for their prey to bleed out. It’s not a “test” bite out of curiosity, it’s a full on attack. I even heard someone try and claim they don’t like humans because sharks can’t digest us due to our high bone to flesh ratio. It’s inane, tigers will consume turtles shell and all, license plates, suits of armor, and you’d have us believe they decided our bone to muscle ratio is just too high to be palatable? Nonsense. Just remember, these biologists all have an agenda, protect the sharks, so they Pursue any avenue that may indicate the attacks aren’t really attacks but don’t even consider hypotheses that would implicate the shark as accurately attacking us because that wouldn’t fit their narrative. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we’re on the sharks menu, but at the same time they’re opportunistic fish and will take advantage of any opportunity if food is scarce. Although tigers maybe the exception, they’re real man eaters.

  13. Ok, I'm 3 seconds into this video and I know the answer….orcas….by far the best of the best world wide. Orcas are probably the ultimate predator….better than anything on land too…if you can somehow compare them

  14. Hi I am a Orca, I am friendly and do tricks for humans I am lovable. Wait I see a big bad great white shark, oh so yummy!!! now I will do some tricks for the humans

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  16. Now even if there was a great white big enough to take on an Orca 1v1, the Orcas usually are in pods so they would all gang up on a massive great white

  17. Killer whales and polar bears are both the apex predators on this planet. Both of them are able to hunt outside of their normal habitat.

  18. Wow this video is lame…really? a fish against a mammal that is twice as big? As a GWS enthusiast even I know an Orca hands down would win, it's been filmed….LAME!

  19. Global Warming is a scam! Late 1800’s, 1913, 1916 , had record temperatures much higher than 1960’s. Dr. Happer Princeton university, one of the leading authorities on CO2. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 0.4%. CO2 is pumped into greenhouses in order to increase plant production.

  20. search on google orca killing great white! what`s the point to wonder who`s stronger while are videos with orca killing great white? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLGi76Dz7yc

  21. Even the largest Great White wouldn't have a chance considering that Orcas travel and hunt in packs. That means that if the pack is of adults, every Orca is smarter and larger then the Great White.

  22. As much as I love sharks, it’s documented when a shark realises an orca is nearby, they fucking dive straight down a few kilometres and then beeline away. Sharks aren’t top predators. Orcas are slowly filling the niche above sharks animals like Mosasaurs and plesiosaurs filled millions of years before.

    But in the long run, the sharks will probably outlast them simply because they’re the perfect survival machines.

  23. You can tell that a killer whale can defeat a great white by prey great whites eat dead whales and orcas hunt the largest whales blue whales and sperm whales they have to fight these whales great whites just scavenge the whale bodies probably smaller

  24. It seems that all the documentary footage I've seen is that Orcas are pack hunters–they wisely 'gang up" on prey. The Great White shark has to deal with the Alpha as well as the betas. But, I'm curious if one on one, what would happen?

  25. It's like Tiger Vs Lion….all think Lion is the king of jungle like they think shark is sea queen….but reality is different.

  26. Video on YouTube where a orca clashes with a great. The orca bites the white by its face and forces it the surface, and had flipped it on it's back. Which paralyzes the shark. Then the orca takes a chunk out of the shark side and let's it sink. Few moments later the shark liver floats up to the surface. Then the pod eats it.

  27. Humans are stealing the fins, and cetacea are stealing the livers and nether regions.
    Sharks are perhaps the most predated apex predators around.

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