Incredible Video of False Killer Whales and a Mahi-Mahi (Fish)

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Wild Dolphin Foundation's Tori Cullins
Wild Dolphin Foundation’s Tori Cullins

Tori Cullins (CEO & Founder at Wild Dolphin Foundation and Co Owner at Wild Side Specialty Tours) and her crew obtained this fascinating video of a group of false killer whales underwater off the coast of Oahu today.  The whales appear to be using bubbles and fluke slaps to keep a Mahi Mahi corralled.

Apr 30, 2013
(Hawaiian false killer whales!!)
We came across a lovely and spread out pod of false killers today on our Best of the West charter, 04/30/13. These guys were just put on the Endangered Species list in November, 2012, and they are our #1 priority as far as ID shots go. While we were snapping away photo ids we noticed that a small group was causing a splashing ruckus.. Capt’n Tori took us over to check it out.. turned out that the group of False Killers were catching and playing with a Mahi Mahi.. we popped in the Gopro [underwater camera] and here is what we snagged.. listen to them vocalizing (the chirps and squeaky door sounds) and notice how one of them fluke smacks the Mahi Mahi.. sorry for the wobbly shots, it gets exciting out there on the water, wobbly shots are all part of the magic.
— Crew member Kimberly James.

Cascadia Research has been conducting field research on these whales for several years, and their website is full of interesting information, animations, and anecdotes such as this one, where they note that these enchanting whales offer to share their fish with divers and snorkelers (read more here):

Our photo-identification work has demonstrated that Pseudorca have long-term bonds. They share their prey, not only with their companions, but also with humans. A Pseudorca that was alone in British Columbia and Washington from the late 1980s until a few years ago, far from their normal range off Mexico, repeatedly caught large salmon and would offer them to boaters. In Hawaiian waters, Pseudorca have offered fish to human snorkelers and divers.

What these family oriented whales need is a protected environment where they won’t get caught in fishing nets, otherwise this unique population may be unable to survive. In Hawaii a families are known as “Ohana”, a word that seems to apply to these remarkable whales.
Note, this is a corrected version, the original stated that Cascadia Researcher Robin Baird was on board which he was not.

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