IMAGINE EATING LIVER
WITHOUT FAVA BEANS AND A NICE CHIANTI ?
In the waters of the Farallone Islands
30 miles west of San Francisco,
a Killer Whale/Orca named CA2 and
her galpal CA6 were videotaped
killing a Great White Shark and then
eating the shark's liver.
That reminded me of the scene in that
horrendous movie Orca
you know...where they find a dead
Great White on the beach and the
Ichthyologist solemnly states that
there is only one creature that could do this..
a Killer Whale.
My guess is that Dr. Hannibal_Lecter's
partaking of an occasional census taker
was about as out of the ordinary as the
incidence of Orcas enjoying their shark liver...
..because White liver would be served
extremely rare but not cold, because
surprisingly Whites can elevate their
body temp..this isn't sushi...
and Orcas probably rarely eat it because
White Sharks are now so
rare that they are a protected species..
To better understand exactly how
Shamu COULD KICK Jaws ASS
here is the proverbial tale of the tape:
A large White_Shark is about
17 feet long and would weigh about 2 Tons...
.about the same as my 16.7 foot long
4000 pound Dodge Caravan
An Orca, the world's largest Dolphin,
can grow to 30 feet in length and
weigh about 6.5 Tons..
or about the same as this very
cool Bell_XV-3 which, oddly enough,
has a 30 foot long fuselage and a
takeoff weight of 13,248 lbs.
btw part of this amazing attack is on
YouTube at Orca vs Shark but there
isn't much to see so I didn't add it but...
as well as a first hand account in
Sharks, as you all know, are made of cartilage
and unlike bony/true fishes don't have
gas-filled swim bladders.
Sharks need a large oil-filled liver
(up to 25% of their weight) for buoyancy.
Twenty five percent of a 2 ton fish is a lot of
Orcas have obviously discovered this delicacy
and no doubt have been
dining on Sharks for millions of years.
Another interesting behavior that
these two apex predators share is a
penchant for spyhopping.
Both White Sharks and Orcas will
raise their heads out of the water
to get a better view of the 'sitch'...
which usually entails scoping out
something that they would like to eat.. like a
raft of seals
or people in boats.
The Whites anyway,
the Orcas not so much.
What the heck does any of this have to do with the price of tea in china? Well I prepared some yummy liver for supper this evening and everytime that I make it I have to remark to my goodladywife about how Orcas also enjoy eating liver every so often.
When was the last time that you
A. saw an Orca eating a White or
B. flew in a Bell XV-3 or
C. dined on liver?