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Cape Town - In a rather disconcerting inversion of the food chain, a seal was spotted hunting and eating not one, not two, but five blue sharks off the coast of Cape Point earlier this week. 

According to the Daily Mail, Chris Fallows, a local shark cage diving operator and photographer, captured the Cape Fur seal's zealous feeding frenzy on camera. 

Fallows described how the seal ate only the stomach and liver of its prey before moving on to its next victim.

He had been taking a group on an expedition when they found the sharks, which were all around 1.1 to 1.4 metres long.

The photographer said it was the second time he has seen a seal attacking and killing a blue shark, but he has never heard anyone else describe the event.

He suspects the seal only ate the stomach because it would have contained fish or squid, which form seal's preferred diet, and the liver would have been a good source of energy.

Fur seals can grow up to 3 metres long and weigh 300kg.

Head to the Daily Mail to check Chris Fallows' photos out.

 
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