The orca takes a young weanling
An orca tail-slapping with excitement.
The orca has torn the flipper on the captured elephant seal preventing it from escaping. Sea Lion Island.
A herd of elephant seals lounge on the sandy beaches of Sea Lion Island. Early each morning the youngsters play in small, shallow rock pools alongside kelp beds at Elephant Corner. At sea, a large pod of orcas patrol, waiting for the tide to rise high enough to enable them to access the rock pool and take a young seal for breakfast. This seal was taken and its flipper torn off to prevent escape. The pod 'played' with it for about 20 minutes before finally killing the petrified creature. The kelp gull and giant petrel, anticipating the fate of the terrified seal, eagerly await the scraps!
After over twenty minutes of pushing their prey around in the water, possibilty for the benefit of training the young orca in the tradecarft of the kill, the unfortunate seal is finally killed. Sea Lion Island.