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Seal eating a Shark
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If you like to see the pics click on the link


http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/50917/shark-eating+seal+among+rare+and+stunning+scenes+documented+off+south+africa/



Chris and Monique Fallows have witnessed many extraordinary events while diving off South Africa.

But during two recent expeditions they captured wildly spectacular scenes that may never have been photographed: that of a voracious cape fur seal boldly snacking on large sharks; and dozens of blue sharks gathered around and gorging on an enormous ball of bait fish.

Of the former event, revealing the raw dynamics of the food chain, Chris Fallows said: "There were eight guests aboard our vessel, many of them seasoned wildlife enthusiasts. None had ever seen anything like this as sharks of this size are certainly not usually considered food for seals.

"In more than 2,000 expeditions working with sharks over the last 21 years, this is the only time I have ever seen a seal kill several sharks and I can find no record of such an event happening elsewhere."

The seal consumed the stomach and livers of the first two sharks, before killing three others.

Chris and Monique Fallows run Apex Shark Expeditions and the Apex Predators Facebook page. They allowed the use of these images, which are protected by copyright laws, for this story only.
The company offers seasonal "Sardine Run" expeditions, which coincide with mass schooling of sardines along the coast.

The sardines, in turn, attract all manner of large predators, including diving sea birds and the occasional shark.
But during one of the recent expeditions the crew found an enormous bait ball, in this case anchovies, 25 miles offshore, in blue shark domain. After plunging alongside the bait ball the divers noted the eeriness stemming from the fact that there were few other predators besides about 40 sharks, herding the bait fish like dogs herd sheep, occasionally going in and snapping up mouthfuls.
"This was a first for us and as far as I can research the first time such an event has been witnessed underwater," Chris Fallows said. "Even though our company runs the world famous sardine run expeditions each year, this spectacle was incredible as it was out in the open ocean, 40 kilometers out to sea, in blue water.
"I would be on one side of the ball and suddenly a shark would come through the ball and on occasion bump straight into me. Whilst this was going on tuna were rocketing up all over to grab any anchovies that tried to flee from the sharks. For three hours we drifted with this feeding orgy, with these magnificent bright blue sharks just doing their business. We were simply just observing nature in action, it was insane."
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That's Bah Dahs.
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Chimpanzees eat meat.
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I give this thread my seal of approval.
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Don't view them as docile animals anymore. Cool.
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mystic17 wrote:

Don't view them as docile animals anymore. Cool.


Leopard seals can do some serious work.
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Heh, believe me I know that now.
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I once saw a seal rob someone at gun point... they don't play
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wwe wrote:

If you like to see the pics click on the link


http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/50917/shark-eating+seal+among+rare+and+stunning+scenes+documented+off+south+africa/



Chris and Monique Fallows have witnessed many extraordinary events while diving off South Africa.

But during two recent expeditions they captured wildly spectacular scenes that may never have been photographed: that of a voracious cape fur seal boldly snacking on large sharks; and dozens of blue sharks gathered around and gorging on an enormous ball of bait fish.

Of the former event, revealing the raw dynamics of the food chain, Chris Fallows said: "There were eight guests aboard our vessel, many of them seasoned wildlife enthusiasts. None had ever seen anything like this as sharks of this size are certainly not usually considered food for seals.

"In more than 2,000 expeditions working with sharks over the last 21 years, this is the only time I have ever seen a seal kill several sharks and I can find no record of such an event happening elsewhere."

The seal consumed the stomach and livers of the first two sharks, before killing three others.

Chris and Monique Fallows run Apex Shark Expeditions and the Apex Predators Facebook page. They allowed the use of these images, which are protected by copyright laws, for this story only.
The company offers seasonal "Sardine Run" expeditions, which coincide with mass schooling of sardines along the coast.

The sardines, in turn, attract all manner of large predators, including diving sea birds and the occasional shark.
But during one of the recent expeditions the crew found an enormous bait ball, in this case anchovies, 25 miles offshore, in blue shark domain. After plunging alongside the bait ball the divers noted the eeriness stemming from the fact that there were few other predators besides about 40 sharks, herding the bait fish like dogs herd sheep, occasionally going in and snapping up mouthfuls.
"This was a first for us and as far as I can research the first time such an event has been witnessed underwater," Chris Fallows said. "Even though our company runs the world famous sardine run expeditions each year, this spectacle was incredible as it was out in the open ocean, 40 kilometers out to sea, in blue water.
"I would be on one side of the ball and suddenly a shark would come through the ball and on occasion bump straight into me. Whilst this was going on tuna were rocketing up all over to grab any anchovies that tried to flee from the sharks. For three hours we drifted with this feeding orgy, with these magnificent bright blue sharks just doing their business. We were simply just observing nature in action, it was insane."


This makes me sad. First I watch a documentary on how dolphins are actually huge jackasses out at sea and not the docile creatures I thought they were. Now this! I swear the only thing I've got left to believe in are kittens.

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Did you know in French, seal is phoque.


Thanks to you I have now actually learned something today
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I was a bit shock to see that the seal like to eat the shark, and what do you mean about the dolphins? what did they do? 0.o
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new king at the top of the food chain lol
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I was a bit shock to see that the seal like to eat the shark, and what do you mean about the dolphins? what did they do? 0.o


They're terrible!!! From the documentary I saw if they run into a lone dolphin (or dolphin baby) who's just swimming by that is not part of their group they'll either kill them or rape them. Even worse two male dolphins keep a female dolphin hostage so they can mate and they never let her off on her own or leave. Literally they keep her as a hostage and chase after her if she tries to get away. Nature is scary.

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I hate to break it to you, but I wouldn't be too sure of the kittens. I've got misgivings about the sea kittens too.
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