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Orcas - murderous all-rounders

Killer whales are particularly good at killing. The orcas have a suitable technique for every prey, often several:

Pegs kill them like the dynamite fishermen do. Rapid strokes of the caudal fin create underwater "cavitation bubbles" the size of a football, which implode immediately. The effect is as devastating as an explosive explosion: The rapid changes in pressure cause the swim bladders and bellies of the prey fish to burst. Before that, orcas circle a swarm and crowd as many herrings together in one place.

seals are just bitten to death. The hunting methods that precede this, however, are much more complex: A YouTube video that has been clicked hundreds of thousands of times shows how three orcas dive side by side in front of an ice floe, creating a wave that washes down a seal lying on the floe.

Penguins are killed by lifting the ice floe and transporting the poultry directly into a whale's mouth on an ice slide. In the open water, several orcas surround the seals or penguins and cut off their escape route. Then, on command, they strike at the same time.

Dolphins kill the orca pack in a similar way. The signal to strike is given by eye contact. Dolphins can hear the ultrasound with which orcas coordinate themselves when hunting seals.

For Seal pupswho are just making their first attempts to splash about, killer whales come to the beach to catch them in the shallow water and bite them to death.

Self Blue whales Orcas can fall prey. "Orcas try to get into their mouths and tear pieces out of their tongues," says the Munich animal filmmaker Wolfgang Tins. "Because that bleeds extremely badly, the great baleen whales die very quickly." If that doesn't work, there is still an alternative (see Method 6: Drowning).

(Photo: AP)