This one is an absolutely awesome catch, probably the best one I’ve seen in quite some time. These stunning images were taken near Seal Bay, South Africa, by an experienced wildlife photographer — David Jenkins. So, what we appear to be seeing is a little (comparatively speaking) seal chasing a great white shark, which of course makes no sense — I mean what will the seal do if he caught up with it, tell it “now you can eat me in peace”? What we are actually seeing is a clever escape maneuver — the seal is trying to confuse and keep away the predator.
In fact, it turns out that such counterintuitive maneuvers are common in the wild and the objective is to eventually tire the predator and convince him that there are easier and less energy-consuming prey to catch. David Jenkins explained what took place:
I was tracking a group of seals that had been feeding out at sea and who were returning to the Seal Island. They come in groups usually and they are constantly interchanging positions with each other as they travel to try to confuse any predators waiting below. They started to move through an area of thick foam in the water when suddenly a large great white shark about four yards long exploded through the foam high into the air, catching one of the seals as it did so. Some seals went back the way they had come, others made a break for the safety of the nearby island but one seal decided to follow the tail of the shark.
In the photo it looks as if it is trying to chase the shark but it is in actual fact trying to keep close to its tail and body, well away from its sharp teeth. Sharks have great speed but the seals have amazing agility, I have seen a seal have three separate battles on the way back to the island and still make it home. It was definitely a lucky escape for the rest of the group, there were about four seals altogether and anyone of them could easily have been caught. When a breach happens you just have to get the camera pointed in the right direction as quick as you can and start shooting photos, then when the action is over and your heart is racing you get to see what you’ve taken.
Amazing! And I wonder how often such a technique works for the seals…
1. The plucky seal stays by the tail and keeps itself out of reach of the shark’s deadly jaws, a clever survival tactic.
2. Two seals stay away from the shark’s powerful maw. The mammals come in groups usually and they are constantly interchanging positions with each other as they travel to try and confuse any predators waiting below.
3. ‘A large great white shark about four yards long exploded through the foam high into the air, catching one of the seals as it did so’.
4. ‘Sharks have great speed but the seals have amazing agility, I have seen a seal have three separate battles on the way back to the island and still make it home’.
Source: The Mail Online.
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