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Orcas Are Beautiful, Intelligent Creatures...And They're Also Brutal Hunters

OCTOBER 28, 2015  —  By Joe Welkie

Whales are majestic, intelligent creatures, and seeing one in the wild is an unforgettable experience. Their beauty is only matched by their incredible size, and researchers believe that they are just as emotionally complex as humans.

Orcas are probably the most recognizable whales of all time. They are strikingly beautiful, and they've become part of our cultural consciousness thanks to movies like Free Willy. And if you ever visited Sea World as a kid, you probably grew up in awe of these amazing animals. Amidst all of that popularity, it's easy to forget that these creatures are also called killer whales. They're some of the fiercest, most intelligent hunters in the world.


I think we can all agree that these animals are stunning.

Be that as it may, Orcas are also carnivores.

Their hunting tactics are notoriously clever, and also completely brutal.

That's just a fact of life, folks. These powerful animals are pretty high up there on the food chain.

Because they're such powerful hunters, they've also been known to attack their trainers at Sea World. Attempting to keep these whales in captivity has resulted in countless injuries and fatalities. Sure, that may sound cruel on the whales' part, but it's also not fair that we take some of nature's largest and most intelligent creatures and force them to live in glorified swimming pools.

For a more unsettling image of these pretty whales, check out the video below:

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(via The Dodo)

That may look cruel and unusual, but we all know that Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. This is how she strikes a balance, violent as it may be.