Killer whales attack: Video shows orcas chase terrified seal in Scotland – WATCH

Shetland: Man spots killer whales chasing seal onto rocks

Eyewitness Haydn Thomason was filming the killer whales, more commonly known as orcas, by Greenhead on Shetland’s coast. However, the amateur footage then incredibly recorded the dramatic moment they suddenly gave chase to lone seal.

Seals are widely-known to be one of killer whales’ favourite food items.

Much to everyone’s delight, the herd of seals managed to get away – at least that’s what we hope

Eyewitness Haydn Thomason

The incident involved a killer whale pod giving chased to a petrified pinniped onto coastal rocks.

The Scot student revealed while he is fortunate to have viewed killer whale on more than one occasion while living in Shetland, this was the first time he had ever viewed them so close.

Mr Thomason said: “That is the first time I’ve been metres away from them, especially when they are hunting.

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“I’ve seen them a few times this summer, but I’ve never been lucky enough to watch them hunt.

“They frequently visit Shetland and seem to be coming here a lot more often now.”

The 27-year-old claims he counted at least 10 of the aquatic animals in the pod.

This group included the large bull responsible at one point for flipping a seal out the water with its powerful tail.

The eyewitness added: “Luckily we have a Facebook group dedicated to seeing these animals called Shetland Orca sightings.

“So once my mum Lara who is a local tour guide for spotted the post showing they were there, I immediately rushed across town to follow them.

“We ended up tracking them for about an hour along the coastline of Shetland, causing a convoy of cars following them too.

“As we were following the pod, we realised that they were hunting seals along the coastline, which is an animal we see so commonly here in Shetland.

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“I was so lucky to get the footage I did and see the pod in full hunt mode, it’s something you’d rarely see – let alone capture on camera.

“I feel like I’ve only ever seen footage like this on nature documentaries.”

Once he’d caught the footage, Haydn shared it on the local orca spotting Facebook page.

This social media page swiftly generated more than 1,100 likes.

Several fans of the killer whale animal took to Facebook to describe the incredible amateur footage as “amazing”.

Mr Thomason also revealed the eventual fate of the unfortunate seal.

He said: ”Much to everyone’s delight, the herd of seals managed to get away – at least that’s what we hope.”

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