Watch Orcas Teach a Calf To Hunt by ‘Subduing’ Dolphin

In this brief clip, a pod of orcas injure and demobilize a dolphin so that a calf can practice the hunt.

The orcas harass the dolphin, eventually sending it airborne with the flick of a menacing, black nose.

“That’s basically the adult orcas subduing the dolphin so that the younger calf can have a chance to practice its hunting techniques,” says Domenic Biagini, boat captain of a whale tourism business in San Diego, Calif.

We’ve all gotta learn somehow.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.