Great White Sharks Flee Neptune Islands After Killer Whales Attack

Dustin Wicksell

Great white sharks are fleeing the region around the Neptune Islands, according to tour operators, just days after a group of killer whales were spotted cornering and killing one of their kind.

Cage divers were stunned last week to observe a family pod of killer whales harassing a great white, before bringing the unfortunate shark to its end, as the Inquisitr previously reported. Crew member and marine biologist Gina Dickinson noted that the whales' movements were clearly orchestrated, as the group taught its youngest members how to hunt the white shark.

"They were teaching the young, rounding it up in order to attack," she said. "The intelligence behind it was just fantastic."

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"We had a trip on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and again today, and unfortunately, no great whites were seen," he said. "That's not to say they're not out there. They've just gone somewhere else."

It is not just the tour operators that are feeling the pressure from the white sharks' disappearance, Waller noted, but also restaurants, bus operators, catering and accommodations staff. Waller's company has asked customers to delay their trips, in hopes that the great whites will return in short order. Complicating matters is the fact that three research buoys, able to locate the sharks using acoustic tags, failed on January 26.

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Waller noted that his company was working frantically with the State Department for the Environment in order to gain access to sites further afield, where the great white sharks may yet linger.

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