When the Tied Turns. SCUBA Diver Captures Amazing Photo of a Seal eating 5 Blue Sharks.
The rare event took place off the coast of Cape Point and was witnessed and photographed by a group of shocked divers.
The seal ate only the stomach and liver of its prey before moving on to its next victim.
‘Suddenly a large Cape fur seal arrived and proceeded to catch and kill its first, then second shark,’ he said.
It ate a further two in quick succession, before another shark drew its attention an hour later and it pounced once more.
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.
WHAT MAKES THIS SEAL SO TOUGH?
Fur seals have sharp eyesight, keen hearing and can grow to nine feet (3m) long, weighing up to 700lb (315kg).
It can live for up to 30 years, either gathering in small groups or swimming alone.
Many fur seal populations have not rebounded from extensive hunting – and now have to cope with overfishing, which can limit their prey.
The African fur seal lives around the southern and southwestern coast of Africa, while the Australian sub-species lives in Bass Strait, off Victoria in south-east Australia and off Tasmania.
An African fur seal’s diet is thought to be 70 per cent fish, 20 per cent squid and 2 per cent crab, although it will eat many other things it finds, including crustaceans, cephalopods and sometimes birds.
African fur seals can dive as deep as 204m and for as long as 7.5 minutes.
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.
‘I guess it just ate the parts that gave it the most use,’ he said.