Close Call: Seal Narrowly Escapes Shark Attack

By Timothy Weisberg
|  Thursday, Oct 10, 2013  |  Updated 5:33 AM CDT
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Close Call: Seal Narrowly Escapes Shark Attack

David Jenkins/Caters News Agency

This is the jaw-some moment one lucky seal manages to overturn the odds and escape from a Great White — after balancing on its nose. A photographer on board a Great White shark tour boat off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, spotted the shark. The seals were making their way back to Seal Island after feeding out at sea and the sharks travel below them.

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A seal tight-roped the tip of a great white shark's nose then avoided death in a dramatic moment captured by a photographer.

Wildlife photographer David Jenkins documented the intense sequence of events in July off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, as the seal escaped the jaws of death. Jenkins also took a second photo showing the seal landing back in the water and narrowly eluding the shark.

Jenkins was on a shark cruise as he witnessed the seal trekking toward Seal Island when the great white leaped from the water and made its move, NBC News reported.

Feedings along the tip of South Africa are relatively common. A 2005 study on predatory behavior of great whites at Seal Island found 2,088 cases of sharks hunting seals from 1997 to 2003.

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