Saturday, December 7, 2013

Video of Possible Great White Attacking Dolphin in Australia

Gio points out the difference in dorsal fins - Great white vs. dolphin
Here's an eye opening video from Elwood, Melbourne that was posted today. The video was taken on June 1, 2013 and according to the poster, it shows a large great white shark attacking a Burrunan dolphin in Port Phillip Bay.

At the time the video was taken, the videographer Gio Fitzpatrick didn't know exactly what he was witnessing.

Gio, who is the Youth Wildlife Ambassador at Elster Creek, was at the north end of Port Phillip Bay when he spotted what he though were two dolphins and began recording them.  At one point, he honed in on a passing swan. But what he clearly did not notice at the time, while he was focused on the bird, chaos had taken hold in the background,

Later, as he viewed the footage, it became apparent to him that what he had actually recorded was a large great white attacking a dolphin.

Gio does a good job throughout the video explaining what he believes we are seeing.  At times, he plays the video in slow motion to better show the activity.  The action starts at the 25 second mark.

In the description, he states that the sighting of a great white in Port Phillip Bay, and especially on the northern end, is very rare.  He hopes that his video "does put anyone off from enjoying the bay but instead sparks an interest and appreciation for the amazing wildlife with which we share these waters."

So what do you think?  Is it a great white?  Is it attempting to have the dolphin as a meal?  If you have thoughts on the compelling video, please stop by our Facebook page and leave a comment.  Thanks

Video is 2:48 in length.  Photos are screenshots