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Killer Whales Found Snacking on Another Whale off Barbados; 'Unusual'

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An unusual occurrence of a 30 foot killer was spotted some 15 miles Southeast of Barbados eating another whale last Saturday.

Fisherman James Peirce, who spotted the whale eating a dwarf Sperm whale, noted it was a highly unusual sight, as he had heard of only one sighting of a Killer whale in Barbadian waters.

He noted that the normal whales that would be seen around these waters are the Humpback and Sperm whales.

Peirce said, We saw the blow spouts about a mile away and headed over to them, since we get Yellowfin tuna feeding around the normal Humpback and Sperm whales we see around here. When we got there, I noticed the huge dorsal fins, approximately four to five feet tall, and realised these were Killer whales.

He added that, as he got closer, he noticed the larger of the two had a smaller grey whale of around ten feet long cross-ways in its mouth that was still alive. The two whales, he noted, proceeded to tear the smaller whale apart, but most of it occurred underwater.

Peirce said that a huge area of oil slick was spread across the sea as well as lots of blood was in the water.

We brought the head of the dead whale onboard to try to identify it, but were stunned at the time. I since believed it to be a Pygmy Sperm whale, and then threw it back over to the Killer Whales, he recalled.

Killer whales usually live amongst icebergs and are not supposed to be around Barbados.

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Wow! How many times have killer whales been spotted around Barbados? Maybe this pod in particular just got side-tracked.
   comment# 1   - Bekah · Henderson, Nevada · Feb 1, 2007 @ 12:06pm

There was recently a show on Discovery regarding this - with respect to Killer Whales feeding on other whales. Killer whales, in groups of 5 ore more, often hunt other whales, usually a lone mother and her calf, as they try to separate the two and ultimately kill and feed on the baby.
   comment# 2   - Kim · Sacramento, CA · Feb 1, 2007 @ 4:00pm

where are killer whales found
   comment# 3   - Anastasia · South Australia · Feb 7, 2008 @ 3:45pm

i like the idea of stoping sharks eating things like little fish. i am very fond off sharks.
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Wow, this is so wild!!! I usually think of killers as the gentle "shamoo" stereotype. Theyre so beautiful, though. =)
   comment# 6   - Hannah · Canada · Sep 22, 2011 @ 9:26am
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