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Ocean Today. Top predator
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Ocean Today. Top predator
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    United States, National Ocean Service., Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, ; United States, National Ocean Service, ; Smithsonian Institution
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    The video is part of the Ocean Today educational video collection (sub-collection: Marine life). It has open captions and can be viewed in regular (640 x 36) or high resolution (1280 x 720). Video's transcript: "NARRATOR: 1997. The Gulf of Farallones, just off the coast of San Francisco. Tourists aboard a small wildlife cruise witness the unexpected. OBSERVER: Oh my gosh! You can see how big that orca is! NARRATOR: Two orcas are seen swimming together. But they're not alone. OBSERVER: Did you see that? There were two fins. One of them was not an orca. That other one's not an orca. NARRATOR: A great white shark, common to these waters, has taken an interest in one of the orcas. OBSERVER: Oh... you know what? This is really, really strange. NARRATOR: With little warning, a 20-foot orca lunges at the shark. OBSERVER: Is she eating the shark? Oh my god, I think so. NARRATOR: The white silhouette of the shark is seen here, trapped in the jaws of the orca just below the surface of the water. These remarkable images were captured just after the kill. Scientists initially thought a mother orca was training her calf to eat the shark's nutrient rich liver. But further study reveals that two adult female orcas attacked the great white shark to feed, and possibly to defend their territory. The ocean food web is complex. Humans fear the great white shark as the ultimate predator, but even top predators can become prey." Transcript also available in Spanish on video's website.

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