A Cape fur seal’s rear flippers are clamped in the jaws of a white shark. The sharks rush their quarry from directly below; the power of the attack often hurtles both predator and prey out of the water.
Fool me once . . . . Another shark falls for the decoy. After one or two strikes, however, most get wise to the ruse.
A white shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface.
Attacking a decoy, a white shark spins tail-over-head.
A Cape fur seal pup leaps nimbly out of harm’s way, just as a white shark breaks the surface in attack.
Neil Hammerschlag, courtesy of the ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research (www.elasmo-research.org)