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Killer whale narrowly misses out seal for meal

2009-07-03 03:37:38 GMT2009-07-03 11:37:38 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Mel, the killer whale or orca, narrowly misses out on a seal that it was hunting, in Patagoniain in this undated photo taken by photogrpaher and conservationist Rob Lott. [CFP]

Mel, the killer whale or orca, chases a seal up on to the beach, in Patagonia in this undated photo taken by photogrpaher and conservationist Rob Lott. [CFP]

Mel, the killer whale or orca, narrowly misses out on a seal that it was hunting, in Patagoniain in this undated photo taken by photogrpaher and conservationist Rob Lott. [CFP]

Mel, the killer whale or orca, turns back in to the sea after narrowly missing out on a seal that it was hunting, in Patagonia in this undated photo taken by photogrpaher and conservationist Rob Lott. [CFP]

Photogrpaher and Conservationist Rob Lott travelled to Patagonia to study and photograph the foraging behaviour of 18 Orcas. Of the 18 only 7 have mastered the stranding behaviour whereby the Orca enter the shallow surf to feed on seal pups.

During his study, Rob photographed 50-year-old male orca Mel, who had previously been studied by David Attenbourough in his "Trials of Life" documentary.

Distinctive by his 2 metre dorsal fin, Mel is an expert hunter who feeds on seal pups before taking it back to his pod. This lucky seal however managed to escape the hutner's attentions.

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