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It is hard to imagine that the poor seal shown in the video survived the ordeal. Orcas do feast on such animals, along with fish, squid, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, porpoises, and even large whales, like the blue whale.
Technically, killer whales are not whales at all. They are instead members of the Delphinidae (dolphin) family.
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Like dolphins, orcas often engage in cooperative hunting, where several animals within the pod participate. In this case, however, T69C appears to have acted on its own.
With so many videos like this going viral, there is an incentive for filmmakers to get very close to wildlife, hoping for the perfect shot. The good news here is that the crew reports that they "filmed from a safe distance under the guidance of Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries & Oceans."