Mmmmm Dolphin

Beautiful photos of an Orca chasing, catching and eating a dolphin.


With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake.

It is a magnificent image. Except the whale’s dive has a purpose – the dolphin quivering 15ft below. 

These astonishing photographs record the final act of a chase that lasted two hours, and ended with the dolphin trapped in the jaws of the eight-ton orca.

The dolphin was originally part of a small group swimming off the Mexican coast but the others managed to get away, leaving it at the mercy of a whole pod of whales.

Photographer Christopher Swann, who captured the extraordinary scene, said: ‘The killer whales tore round at full speed for two hours.

‘We never knew where to look because they erupted out of the water in one place, disappeared in a thrashing of foam and reappeared in a totally new location.

On one occasion the killer whale burst out of the water directly in front of us, and about six or seven metres ahead.

‘He was about four metres in the air and heading right at us – I thought he was going to land on the boat but it turned mid-air and clattered into the sea beside us.’

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  • maninblack

    think the dolphin represents the labour party here..

  • cows4me

    Seen a lot of Orca and Dolphin at sea. Orca’s are massive animals and you can get fairly close at times but when you do you quickly realise your place on the food chain doesn’t apply out to sea.

    • James Howlett

      Yep – when you consider the power they must be able to generate to get themselves that high it brings you down to size pretty quickly!