Captured on camera: One lucky seal's amazing escape from the jaws of great white shark

By Daily Mail Reporter

Attack: The shark's first lunge catches the seal pup unawares, but the sea's ultimate predator fails to do enough damage to stop its victim swimming free

A lucky seal launches itself to safety from the mouth of a great white shark - using the predator's razor sharp teeth for leverage.

Photographer Chris Fallows, 38, watched breathlessly as the Cape fur seal darted left and right in a desperate bid to evade the relentless attack 11-foot-long shark.

The massive creature caught the terrified seal in its mouth but failed to get a proper grip - allowing the seal to launch itself to safety as the shark tried to get a second bite.

Miraculously, the three-feet-long seal escaped with just a minor flesh wound off Seal Island in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.

The nail-biting battle of wits lasted four minutes.

Chris, who also runs eco-tourism trips, was amazed to see such a narrow escape.

He said: 'Incredibly the young seal is using the teeth of the great white shark as a final point of leverage to push itself out of the shark's mouth.'

'Initially the seal was ambushed in a missile-style attack by the shark.'

'But at the last possible second the seal caught wind of the approach of the shark and attempted to take evasive action by jumping sideways.'

'The shark caught the seal but did not get a firm purchase and the seal literally was exhaled out of the shark's mouth as it attempted to bite down.'

'The seal managed to dodge, duck and dive and evaded another strike from the shark by the narrowest of margins although it did sustain a flesh wound.'

'It was bitten on its right hind quarter and although obviously painful it will probably not be fatal.'

Escape: Although the sea is stained red with the seal's blood, the lucky little creature still has enough strength to leap to freedom

The shark eventually tired of the attack and the seal was able to flee back to Seal Island.

It is thought the shark is about ten years old and the seal nine months old.
Chris said: 'Seals get away about 50 per cent of the time, although very seldom by such narrow margins.

'We had purposefully been drifting in an area known for very high predatory behaviour hoping to see the dramatic shark and seal action that the area is so famous for.

'We had been there for about two hours when this attack happened. Guests onboard our boat could not believe what they had seen.

'To see such an event, where the difference between life and death is such a fine one, is very rare."

Incredible: The shark's second attack is more accurate, but an amazing Matrix-style move from the seal, using the great white's razor-sharp teeth as a springboard, leaves the shark biting on empty air

Seal Island is home to 64,000 seals and approximately 15 to 25 great white sharks, depending on the time of year.

The bay is also home to various whale, dolphin and bird species including penguins, making for a naturalist's paradise.

Chris said: 'The area where we work is home to Africa's largest island-bound seal colony and also one of the world's largest populations of great white sharks.'

'During the months of April to September there is no better place on earth to see sharks hunting than at this 400m long island.'

source: dailymail