Watch the Precision This Shark Uses to Surprise a Seal By Sneaking Up Behind It

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 14, 2023

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Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack. Hunting of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). South Africa
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There is just something about watching nature’s apex predators hunt for their food that gives us a sense of excitement. Sharks can easily be labeled apex predators, along with other animals such as lions, wolves, tigers, polar bears, and jaguars. Don’t miss the exciting hunt from this shark above!

Shark Stalks a Seal

At the start of this short YouTube clip at the top of this blog post, we see a hungry shark surprising a seal from behind. The BBC Earth YouTube page filmed and shared this video on their channel. This page is dedicated to providing authentic videos of how animals survive in the wild. Their most recent videos are of crocodiles, monkeys, elephants, leopards, giraffes, and spiders. 

Hungry Shark Goes for a Seal

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack. Hunting of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). South Africa

Sharks can weigh up to 4,000 pounds.

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What fun is filming a shark if you aren’t going to add a flair for the dramatic? When the video below starts, we see a massive shark swimming to the sound of music that could be from the movie Jaws. We know that this shark can attack at any moment, and we need to be prepared for it.

This seal in front doesn’t know that it is being hunted by one of the most intense predators in the waters. This shark will bide his time until he is ready to strike. This shark knows that seals can swim incredibly fast, so he must be patient. According to the Smithsonian National Zoo, “Sea lions can reach speeds of 25-30 mph! Gray seals clock in at about 14-23 mph.” 

If you’re not careful, you’ll miss the action immediately after this. The shark makes his move and attacks this seal. But not before the seal feels the waters move and quickly dives to get away. However, he is too late because the shark was too close before it attacked. This seal will make for an excellent dinner for this hungry shark.

How Many Species of Shark Are There?

According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, there are estimated to be more than 500 species of sharks in our oceans today. The number of shark species will change based on whose research you look at. However, the authoritative sources agree that there are 500 species.

And while there are 500 species of shark, there are ones that are most common to us. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the great white shark at first first. There are other common sharks, such as tiger, white, bull, and hammerhead. Then, of course, we have the famous whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean, weighing in at 20 tons (40,000 pounds.) 

As carnivores, sharks will eat prey such as fish, invertebrates, sea lions, and seals. Sharks can eat up to 10% of their body weight in one week. So, this seal in the video above would have made for a nice meal and probably would have made some lovely leftovers, too. 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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