The Breathtaking Moment A Lucky Seal Escaped Jaws…

Article Courtesy: | Originally published Nov 14, 2014 – please click here for original article.

These phenomenal photographs have captured the moment a lucky seal somehow managed to twist its way out of a killer great white’s jaws after being thrown into the air. The huge shark burst out of the water only to see the seal bounce off the tip of its nose and be thrown into the air.

On the way down the great white snapped with its razor-sharp jaws, but missed the seal by the tiniest of margins. The breathtaking scene was shot by underwater photographer Sergio Riccardo near Cape Town, in South Africa. Dense seal population on Seal Island — just a few miles from Cape Town — provide fertile feeding ground for great whites.

Mr. Riccardo, who is from Sorrento, Italy, described the incredible scene he was lucky to observe:

The boat began to follow the seals back to Seal Island where there are around 70,000 seals. During this process the seals are often the subject of attacks by great white sharks. They launch themselves from underneath the seal, knocking it above the surface and snapping the mammal in their mouths. The speed with which the sharks attack brings them to jump completely out of the water. I was glad to see the seal escape on this occasion.

The area where the great whites circle the island is known by locals as the “Ring Of Death”, for obvious reasons.

1. The great white shark burst from the water and snapped at the airborne seal with its killer jaws — missing by a matter of inches.


2. The heart-stopping moment was captured by Sergio Riccardo near Seal Island in South Africa — a prime feeding location for sharks.


3. The predators are attracted to the area when the population of Cape Fur seals is at its highest creating what is known as the “Ring of Death”.

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