Vicious attack sees dolphin rammed by killer whale mid-air

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A group of boaters out at sea were treated to something quite special, after surrounding an orca pod hunting dolphins.

The stunning video, captured by Miguel Cuevas and shared by Cabo Pulmo Divers on Facebook, shows the unbelievable moment a dolphin is sent flying through the air from a charging killer whale.

"What an amazing moment!" Cabo Pulmo Divers wrote on Facebook.

The images and videos were taken at Cabo Pulmo in Baja California Sur, Mexico, on Sunday.

A tour group captured the incredible moment an orca sent a dolphin flying through the air. Source: Instagra/miguel.cuevas19
A tour group captured the incredible moment an orca sent a dolphin flying through the air. Source: Instagra/miguel.cuevas19

The video shows a dolphin jumping out of the water, but is rammed by an orca, sending it flying through the air.

Judging by the reaction from people onboard the boat, they were shocked to see the attack just metres away from them.

On his Instagram, Mr Cuevas shared an incredible photo of the animals colliding mid-air.

More footage, seemingly from the same trip, shows orcas hunting the dolphins through the crystal clear waters.

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Another video shared by @rivaldo_castro17 shows an orca swimming behind the boat.

Speaking to For The Win Outdoors, Mr Cuevas said he counted at least 10 orcas and the hunt lasted several hours.

Orcas, sometimes referred to as killer whales, are part of the dolphin family, easily recognisable by their black and white markings.

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The Whale and Dolphin Conservation explained orcas are found in every single ocean on Earth and are "generalist" eaters.

"Orcas are generalist eaters, consuming fish, seals and sea lions, dolphins and porpoises, sharks and rays, large whales, cephalopods (octopods and squids), seabirds and more," the WDC said. 

"However, some orcas specialise on specific prey, and it turns out orcas are picky eaters! Once they’ve learned what their family eats, they aren’t likely to switch diets."

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