Scientists Observe Killer Whale Infanticide

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Scientists Observe Killer Whale Infanticide
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Killer whales, or Orcas, are known for their vicious killing capabilities. However, no one has ever done a scientific study recording a case of killer whale infanticide. Researchers in Canada witnessed a horrifying situation. They watched a male killer whale drowning an infant that belonged to the same species.

This incident of killer whale infanticide occurred on December 2, 2016, near the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. After witnessing the event in horror, the scientists conducted a study that they have now published in the journal Scientific Reports. The researchers, a group of marine scientists, didn’t expect to observe this horrifying event at the time when they embarked on a research expedition. They recorded on their vessel’s underwater microphones an alerting sound that was attributed to the presence of killer whales in the area.