Drone Footage Captures Angry Pod of Dolphins Confronting Great White
Incredible drone footage taken in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa shows a pod of angry dolphins seeing off a great white shark.
The footage uploaded to YouTube on October 2, shows the 10-foot shark moving stealthily into the same waters where a woman was killed recently.
Uncomfortable with the shark’s presence, the pod of 15 dolphins swims out to intercept and surround the predator, to make it clear that the shark is unwelcome.
One of the dolphins even launches itself over the Great White’s back sending a clear message. The shark realizes that it is outnumbered and swims away.
“Dolphins can be very aggressive when they need to be,” Marine mammal scientist Gwen Penry of the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth tells the Daily Mail.
“They are not always the happy and smiling animals that people believe but are also top predators and can be very aggressive around big sharks.”
Penry says that great whites know it is no match in shallow water for the more agile dolphins and does not bother to challenge them.
“The dolphins are letting the shark know it has been seen and that they are there and just making it clear that it would be wiser to move off elsewhere” she adds.
The video comes as the distraught family of Kimon Bisogno, 38, spoke out for the first time about the terrible incident.
The restaurant owner was attacked and killed by a great white as she took an early morning just off the beach of her holiday hotel in shallow waters a fortnight ago.
Great Whites Also Targeted by Orcas
Further down the South African coast, the first ever drone footage of orcas hunting great whites was reported by PetaPixel last week.
Photos taken from a helicopter and video footage captured from a drone provided the first direct evidence that orcas are killing great white sharks in South Africa and the evidence was published in a new paper by the Ecological Society of America’s journal.
“This behavior has never been witnessed in detail before, and certainly never from the air,” says marine scientist Alison Towner from Rhodes University in South Africa.