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Spectacular Shot of Baby Seal Narrowly Escaping A Shark’s Jaws

By Anthony Thurston on October 10th 2013

So there you are, just minding your own business swimming through the ocean when this giant shark tries to have you for lunch. I can only imagine what the seal in this picture was thinking while it was narrowly escaping what would surely be certain doom had this shark gotten a piece of it.


Photographer David “Baz” Jenkins happened to be out on the water for a tour of Seal Island in the waters of South Africa last July when he captured this amazing shot. Apparently the tour is full of similar shark attacks on the seals in the area, so the attack itself was not all that surprising to Jenkins. But the baby pup seal getting away, as depicted in this shot, is something that was rather unique. “This seal was one lucky pup,” Jenkins told Caters News Agency.

I would love to capture an image like this, but there is no way you are getting me out on the water in a boat surrounded by shark bait with sharks biting. I know they say shark attacks are rare, but in this case the place the essentially a shark buffet – so i’m staying clear. haha

Have you ever caught what you thought would be a rather standard photo of an animal only to actually capture something rather unique or interesting? Share your experience with us in a comment below.

[via PetaPixel]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Daniel McAdams

    I was out doing bird photography at Two Ponds NWR in Arvada, CO. I was having a pretty relaxed, uneventful morning. As I was about to leave, I noticed a Red-tailed Hawk being harassed by a pair of crows. As they flew overhead, I made a quick from-the-hip shot not expecting to get anything. Surprisingly, the photo I snapped showed one of the crows just after it made a pass at the hawk and the hawk half twisted to bare it’s talons at its tormentor. One of my personal all time favorites.

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  2. Trayambak Ojha

    It so happened at the Tiger haven of India, Ranthambhore National Park. We were patiently waiting for a tiger who had moved to an island in a large lake there and suddenly there seemed to be quick movements in the bushes inside the island. There were 3 deers who were grazing there and Tiger ambushed them. While 2 of the deers escaped into the lake to swim across to the shores one of them took a wrong turn and was snapped up by the tiger. The other two who had lept into the water became sitting ducks for the resident crocs and were mercilessly dragged into the water and killed instantly. This was a sight of a lifetime as we got to see 3 kills by two predators in a span of 15 minutes.

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