Abstract

In November 2001, we observed a herd of killer whales (Orcinus orca) preying upon a leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) off the coast of California. Here we provide details of the event and speculate that oceanic killer whales may have less specialized diets than nearshore populations. We also suggest that killer whale predation should be considered a factor in the recovery of this critically endangered sea turtle.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-6188
Print ISSN
0030-8870
Pages
pp. 497-498
Launched on MUSE
2004-06-25
Open Access
No
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