PUBLISHED: 15:32, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 15:33, Tue, Jan 5, 2021
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
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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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Killer whale attack: Orcas have been captured in dramatic video attacking a stricken seal (Image: Haydn Thomason)
Killer whale attack: Seals are widely-known to be one of killer whales’ favourite food items (Image: Getty)
"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