Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:54 CST
Chris and Monique Fallows have witnessed many extraordinary events while diving off South Africa.
But during two recent expeditions they captured wildly spectacular scenes that may never have been photographed: that of a voracious cape fur seal boldly snacking on large sharks; and dozens of blue sharks gathered around and gorging on an enormous ball of bait fish.
Of the former event, revealing the raw dynamics of the food chain, Chris Fallows said: “There were eight guests aboard our vessel, many of them seasoned wildlife enthusiasts. None had ever seen anything like this as sharks of this size are certainly not usually considered food for seals.
“In more than 2,000 expeditions working with sharks over the last 21 years, this is the only time I have ever seen a seal kill several sharks and I can find no record of such an event happening elsewhere.”
The seal consumed the stomach and livers of the first two sharks, before killing three others.
The company offers seasonal “Sardine Run” expeditions, which coincide with mass schooling of sardines along the coast.
The sardines, in turn, attract all manner of large predators, including diving sea birds and the occasional shark.