MOBILE, Newfoundland, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Tourists in Canada got more than they bargained for -- close-up seats for the spectacle of orcas hunting and killing a minke whale, a tour boat operator says.
On a boat tour of the Newfoundland coast Thursday, they witnessed a pod or orcas, or killer whales, attack and kill the minke whale, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported.
Humpback and minke whales are common in the area south of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, a tour operator says, but orca whales are rarely seen.
"They were in hot pursuit of a minke whale," Chris Shortall, who runs the Molly Bawn boat tours out of Mobile on the peninsula, said. "They were attacking and biting into it."
With the tourists watching, the orcas killed and ate the minke.
Shortall called it "disturbing but part of nature."
As for the sightseers on the small 12-person boat, "They were blown away," Shortall said, and "a little mortified."