Sharks Eating Seals

Posted on 04. Dec, 2007 by Pagog Genie in Amazing

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It is the ultimate predator, nature’s most efficient killing machine which can hunt and kill its prey with remarkable ease.

These shots capture the splendour and horror of a two ton great white shark weighing leaping 10ft from the water as it closes inevitably on its victim.

After reaching speeds of up to 35mph on its ascent from the depths, the shark uses serried ranks of razor-sharp teeth to tear into the seal.

The wildlife photographer Chris Fellows spends over half of each year waiting off the coast of South Africa to capture the sharks at their grisly work.

These dramatic pictures, taken near Seal Island, in False Bay, are part of a decade-long campaign to promote positive awareness of great white sharks, which are classed as “endangered” largely due to being hunted by man.

On occasion the photography team used an artificial lure to attract the sharks before snapping them in action with the seals.

“The sharks feed on young seals when they are attempting to return to Seal Island after a few days out feeding,” Mr Fellows said. “The sharks will bite the seal, typically in half in the first go, and then come round and pick the other half up. It is all on the surface and it happens in a few minutes.”

The average great white in the waters around Seal Island measures between 12-16ft, with the biggest being a near 20-feet long giant spotted in 1997.

Mr Fellows added: “When children see a shark eat a seal they feel sorry for the seal, but it’s like a lion catching a zebra - it’s a natural phenomenon.

“To see a perfectly streamlined great white slowly cruising in clear water with shafts of light bouncing off its back is like watching a sports car effortlessly cruise past you on the freeway. It is just one of those moments that makes you appreciate a beautiful creation.”


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44 Responses to “Sharks Eating Seals”


    05. Dec, 2007


  2. Koren

    11. Mar, 2008

    These pics are so scary. I would not like to be the seal. Were you that close to it.

  3. Hannah

    22. Mar, 2008

    Awwwwww look at the poor seal. Stay away from seals, Mr. Sharky!!


  4. emily

    01. Apr, 2008

    i loooooooooove great white sharks. i think they’re misunderstood. they’re such beautiful creatures, but as most animals are, they are dangerous and people need to respect that. I wish people would get over their fear and appreciate what they really are. [:

  5. Todd Williams

    11. Jul, 2008

    You’re analogy to a sports car is a nice comparison… They are, truly, magnificent sharks. Hey, everybody has to eat!

  6. nicholas

    22. Sep, 2008

    those seals got messed up im glad im not a seal in the wild

  7. nick

    23. Sep, 2008

    aaahhhhhhah ahahahahah aahhh that what those seals get yeah get em thats right bite em bite em

  8. tammy

    07. Oct, 2008

    wow great whites are beautiful deadly animals and like any living being they do what they have to to survive.they seen agile and focused it’s amazing to see them in they’re predatory state i am in awe and i have nothing but respect for them.because of the natural instinct to prey that’s why they’ve survived millions of years and hopefully will survive millions more:}

  9. Jadey babe

    17. Feb, 2009

    yeah well…….. umm…… ahhhh…….. sharks are cool =).

    nah they very scray animals but i agreeing with the fact that they are just doing what they do to survive!.


  10. erin

    18. Feb, 2009

    hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaaaaa hehee its so mean but so coolio at the same time…lol

  11. Hannah

    20. Feb, 2009

    wow! poor little seal suppose it is nature really they have to survive like we do!! sharks are really kool animals =]

  12. spongebob

    13. Mar, 2009

    booooooooooooooooo.why dose the seal have too die.but then again it is kinda awesome.=P

  13. katz

    15. Mar, 2009

    i hate sharks and i wish a shark never ever eat a humun that will be scary aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  14. kityys

    21. Mar, 2009

    well pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor seal :( nick ur meaaan wat if u were a seal gettin bit ?

  15. pimp

    12. Apr, 2009

    wellllllllll wy th f***k someone wont to get ate stewpid bbbbbbbyaatch

  16. sarah

    19. Apr, 2009

    stop eating the seal you big mean shark its mean

  17. poopyyoushark

    19. Apr, 2009

    I FEEL SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BADDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!,,,FOR THE SEALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its sooooo mean sharks eat seals! AND it’s also mean WHEN PEOPLE KILL SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean it’s just so mean sharks get killed by people!!!!!!!! When i was reading a book i found out that one million sharks die a year!!,,,,,,,,,,HOWWWWWWWWWW SADDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE WHEN PEOPLE KILL OR HURT ANY LIVING THING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’SSSSSSSSSSSSS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MEANNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. angel

    21. Apr, 2009

    poor seal,,,,, well its part of the cycle….

  19. blk knight

    21. Apr, 2009

    omg whats the hell thats great pics but the sealsis poor in the wild

  20. puppies

    21. Apr, 2009

    seal!!!! But you gotta admitt i does look pretty cool! But it’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sad that the seal got killed!!!!!! And
    it’s also mean that people in chaina cut off the sharks fins and throw the sharks back in the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OHH YEAH GREAT WHITE’S ARE DEADLY BUT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. dustin

    28. Apr, 2009

    lol thats awsome

  22. josie

    12. May, 2009

    that wasnt very nic eof the shark to do to the seal i love sharks and all but not when they eat inoccent animals:((

  23. star

    27. May, 2009

    those sharks are so cool thats whats gonna happen to this guy that was stupid enough to call me something he knew was gonna kill him(metaphorically of course….or maybe not)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  24. Ju

    05. Jun, 2009

    Ahh! I feel so bad for that seal and that shark is so scary!

  25. Emilee

    26. Jun, 2009

    These pictures are simply amazing!!!!! Sharks are such beautiful, amazing stupendous creatures and they deserve respect. I wish that animals didn’t have to kill animals to survive, but its a part of life. People are sharks biggest fear and predator and people don’t need sharks to survive. If people absolutely needed sharks in order to survive, my opinion would be different. I respect sharks, I’m looking forward to diving with them next year and their my favorite animal. :) :)

  26. nicole

    04. Jul, 2009


  27. Jack

    28. Jul, 2009

    Fantastic shots i never knew sharks jumped in the air that high.

  28. Tara

    04. Aug, 2009

    It is sad to see the seals be eaten alive,but thats the way life is. The shark is doing what every living thing does. EATING! The photographs are amazing! I think my favorite pictures of sharks are of them jumping out of the water! The shape and everything is so amazing! I love it! My compliments to the photogrophers!!!

  29. skippy

    13. Dec, 2009


  30. Grace

    04. Jan, 2010

    wow! poor little seal I geuse that this is the way of life and I hope that shark got enough to eat.

  31. marissa

    16. Jan, 2010

    i feal so bad for this seals i know where this pictures were tacken cape cod i know because i heard of sharks being there and i recanise the place it is where the seals get fed fish and what is sad is the seal loosisng its life

  32. nicole

    24. Jan, 2010

    we love sharks.

  33. brandy

    05. Feb, 2010

    I hate sharks………….jk their cool but i also love seals!

  34. brandy

    05. Feb, 2010

    I hate sharks………….jk their cool but i also love seals!

  35. selena gomez

    15. Feb, 2010

    hey you shark you eat every single thing in the world you are so so so so so so evil that is not how you treat people tell your owner that ok have a nice day your friend selena gomez bye bye bye bye bye

  36. zarlynda

    05. Mar, 2010

    ohh mi god poor seal i would hate to be a seal ppoor thing lol and i dont think i would like togo diving with the sharks!!!!!

  37. sharkhunter

    05. Mar, 2010

    those are great photos. I still feel a little bad for the seals. but thats just nature.

  38. adelyn

    11. Mar, 2010

    I feel bad really bad for that seal.

  39. ma

    13. Mar, 2010


  40. charlene

    25. Mar, 2010

    poor seal i hate sharks

  41. Ryan

    08. Apr, 2010

    that shark need to pick on some one his on size like a WHALE!

  42. RYAN

    08. Apr, 2010

    hey blk knight do not cos kids see this crap man

  43. shortty

    10. Oct, 2011

    sharks are so awesome and theyll allways rule over seals no offence:P

  44. caleb

    04. Nov, 2011

    poor seal

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