Killer whale flips sea lion 20 feet into air

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A killer whale flips a sea lion into the air in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo is a screen grab from the amazing video

Fishermen in Ketchikan, Alaska, were watching a sea lion take refuge under their boat as it attempted to hide from a killer whale. Unfortunately, the sea lion failed to keep up with the charter boat from Anglers Adventures when the fishermen decided it was time to move on. Someone on board kept their camera rolling and caught this amazing encounter on video:

“This morning near Ketchikan, Alaska, a sea lion was hiding under our fishing boat because he was being stalked by a killer whale,” Anglers Adventures wrote in the YouTube description of the August 15 encounter. “When we decided to leave the area, the whale attacked the sea lion and tossed him 20 feet into the air!”

The fishermen, as you can hear by their reaction, were totally amazed by the display of nature.

“Did you get that on video,” someone says.

“Yeah, I got that,” came the reply.

It was unknown whether the killer whale ended up eating the sea lion. It might have, but it also could simply have been playing with the sea lion or teaching its young how to hunt.

Surely it wasn’t a playful moment for the sea lion.

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