TWO of the ocean’s top predators may soon collide in the waters off the coast of the United States.
Video showed a recent killer whale sighting 40 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where great white sharks are known to roam.
Video showed a recent killer whale sighting 40 miles east of Nantucket, MassachusettsCredit: Getty
The rare sighting comes at the same time sharks usually return to the coast for the summer monthsCredit: Getty
Fisherman Jerry Leeman captured the video of the orca as it swam next to his boat.
He said it was roughly 20-feet long and followed the boat for about 30 minutes, Newsweek reported.
The rare sighting comes at the same time the sharks usually return to the coast for the summer months.
The two creatures may soon cross paths. Other than humans, killer whales are the only predators that are a threat to great whites.
A female great white shark known as Andromache is reportedly already in the area. She’s over 10-feet long.
She’s regularly tracked by the research organization OCEARCH and has been close to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, which is near where Leeman spotted the orca.
Bob Hueter, chief scientist at OCEARCH, said “there can be conflict,” between the two predators. There’s a history of orcas harassing and even killing the sharks.
“If the orca sticks around, or others appear this summer, there could be some effects on the white sharks that normally feed on seals there,” Hueter said.
“The two species could be in competition with each other for the gray seals of the Cape.”
A 2019 study found that great white sharks quickly fled whenever killer whales came to an area.
Two orcas off the coast of South Africa have repeatedly killed great whites. They were witnessed “tearing apart” the sharks by a whale watching group.
Shark numbers in the area have fallen dramatically since the whales reportedly began attacking them.
Before 2017, hundreds would visit the bay every year. In 2021, there were just a handful of sightings.
Earlier this year, three very large sharks were tracked off the coast of North Carolina.
The sighting included the largest male shark to be tagged in Canadian waters by OCEARCH.
The shark, called Mahone, measures 13 feet, 7 inches and weighs 1,701 pounds, Yahoo reported.
His transmitter pinged most recently on April 11 at 7.06am, according to OCEARCH’s tracking data.
Mahone was tagged in October 2020 in the waters near Nova Scotia and has been traveling up and down the waters of the east coast of North America since.
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