Seal feasts on shark in False Bay

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.

 
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
As a child or as an adult, have you ever been a victim of bullying?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, at school
52% - 552 votes
Yes, at work
16% - 174 votes
No, I've never experienced this
32% - 334 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.31
(0.0)
GBP/ZAR
19.81
(0.0)
EUR/ZAR
17.15
(0.0)
AUD/ZAR
11.07
(0.0)
JPY/ZAR
0.13
(0.0)
Gold
1,776.67
(0.0)
Silver
25.97
(0.0)
Platinum
1,203.79
(0.0)
Brent Crude
66.77
(-0.3)
Palladium
2,781.00
(0.0)
All Share
68,699
(+1.3)
Top 40
62,898
(+1.3)
Financial 15
12,446
(+0.8)
Industrial 25
89,364
(+0.8)
Resource 10
70,350
(+2.2)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo