Killer whales gobble shark testicles after ‘ripping them open’ in savage attacks

Killer whales are targeting great white sharks for their testicles in savage attacks which see their vital organs ripped out.

British marine biologist Alison Towner revealed how the orcas specifically ripped open their sea enemies to devour their livers and hearts – with the testes being an added bonus.

The scientist studied the bodies of six sharks which had washed up in South Africa – an unusual sight since the fish are not usually killed in this way.

Post mortems revealed they had been “ripped open” in a “precise” way by the calculating whales.

Speaking on YouTube channel Shark Talk, Ms Towner said: "Just under the surface of the skin is the perfect place to open up the shark and access and extract the liver.

"I think two of the animals had both the heart removed and one male had his testes removed.

"We think the two killer whales were learning to get hold of the pectoral fins. We don't know for sure. It's like a ripping motion.

"The liver… it's oily, very slippery, it would naturally slide out so they could come along and share it."

The orcas sliced the sharks' skins just below the throat to extract the nutritious organs.

Ingrid Visser, an orcas expert, says the strong predators create powerful waves to push sharks close to the ocean surface before launching their deadly attacks.

She said: "Once the shark is at the surface, the killer whale pivots and lifts its tail out of the water and comes down on top of it like a karate chop.”

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It comes after killer whales launched a wave of terrifying attacks on boats off the coast of Spain and Portugal.

Two boats lost part of their rudders and several more boats were seriously damaged.

On August 30, a French-flagged vessel told the coastguard it was “under attack” from the killer whales.

Captain Victoria Morris, whose boat was attacked in south-west Spain in July, said the assault felt “totally orchestrated”, leaving the engine disabled and spinning the boat 180 degrees.

Orcas typically measure 23-32ft and are the world’s most powerful predators, targeting animals such as penguins, seals, and even whales.

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