Disabled killer whale with missing fins survives with the help of family who hunt for its food (South Africa)

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The disabled killer whale is allowed to share the spoils of the hunt by fellow pod members The disabled killer whale is allowed to share the spoils of the hunt by fellow pod members

May 19th, 2013 (Becky Evans). A disabled killer whale that is missing two finds is able to survive in the wild with the help of its family, who hunt food its food.

The young killer whale has no dorsal find or right-side pectoral fin, leaving it unable to hunt for itself.

But rather than be left to fend for itself or die, the whale appears to be cared for by members of its pod, which share their food with the youngster.

Underwater photographer Rainer Schimpf came face to face with the pod while the members hunted in waters off Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

He said : ‘Incapable of fast hunting and ambushing prey it has to be dependent on the pod which, one assumes, looks after it very well.

‘It…

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