Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Close Call

Irish photographer David Jenkins was visiting South Africa's famous Seal Island when he captured this picture of a seal that escaped from a hungry great white shark by balancing on the shark’s nose before dropping back into the water and swimming away.

The sharks know that seals congregate on Seal Island during the breeding season, and they lie in wait to attack the seals as they head off to their feeding grounds and as they come home. I find the pictures of the spectacular attacks by these huge sharks terrifying, but seals seem remarkably nonchalant about it. And they usually do get away.

1 comment:

Shadow Flutter said...

Now if the seal was balancing a ball on its nose, you would have a really neat picture.