Seal Chases Down Great White Shark Off The Coast Of A Bay
This tough marine mammal got to be nicknamed after one of Hollywood’s most famous martial artists, because he was not having it from his natural enemy! The crew on a cage-diving boat caught on camera what can only be described as a “once in a lifetime experience", when they witnessed a seal chase down a Great White Shark off the coast of Mossel Bay in South Africa in early October.
“We're going to call him Chuck Norris!" says one of the men on the boat, as he points his camera towards the water, which follows the shark close by. The aquatic predator doesn’t seem all too interested with the pray at its heels. 'Seal chasing a shark, never thought I'd see the day,' the man filming adds. Watching the bizarre encounter, the crew members joke that maybe sharks in Mossel Bay are actually vegetarians, because why would a shark “run away’ from a nice, plump seal that is right there, basically serving itself on a platter. “Juicy seal around you and these sharks aren't even interested."
One of the tourists adds: “I'm on tour to see the most ferocious animal in the world and they swim away from a seal!" If anything, this clip only confirms that even though infamous for their ferociousness, great white sharks aren’t the mindless killers everyone makes them to be.
Great white sharks are at the top of the food chain and aren’t likely to be killed by other sea creatures. Sadly, however, they are under serious threat by human activity. Illegal hunting of these beautiful beasts, and overfishing, have meant that today great white sharks are an endangered species. Believe it or not but sharks are not all that dangerous. Our judgment of them are based on the stereotypes set by big Hollywood films like 'Jaws.' In reality they are peaceful creatures to humans and are valuable to the oceans ecosystem. Sadly the population of sharks is slowly diminishing due to overfishing and negative impacts that humans put onto the environment. Sharks need to be respected like any other animal!
There is another impressive footage of a great white shark chasing bait in front of a diving cage off the coast of Gansbaai in South Africa. The amazing video shows the shark up-close as it tears the bait set up by spotters. This is about as up-close and personal anyone without a death wish should get to a great white shark. A group of charter boat fishermen aboard the Stunmai II in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, hooked a bit more than they bargained for on August 12, as a great white shark leap from the water, snapping up their catch. Fishermen on two of the Stunmai’s charters dropped lines in the water hoping to reel in striped bass, but were surprised to see two great white sharks get to their catches before they could. Shark sightings are not unusual in this region, according to a post the uploader made to Facebook where they claimed that sightings often happen at least once per day, if not more.