Great white sharks are some of the most fearsome ocean predators. They eat fish, marine mammals, and other ocean life. With sharp teeth, a big appetite, and powerful muscles that can propel their bodies out of the water after food, most animals know not to mess with these sharks.
In this video, a large elephant seal isn’t about to let a great white ruin his day. As the shark approaches a seal colony, the elephant seal gets in his face before he can snatch any of the vulnerable seals, such as the babies, sick, or injured.
The shark begins by swimming toward the rocks where the seals are lounging. Male elephant seals are especially protective of their territory, getting into fights with other animals and other competing elephant seals over the best rocks for them to use. This is even more common during breeding seasons.
Shark vs. Seal
Nearby, a gigantic elephant seal sees the shark and makes a beeline for him. The shark notices the approaching elephant seal very quickly and turns sharply away. He swims back into the ocean. The elephant seal stays close to the rocks until he is sure that the shark is no longer a threat. Close to the surface, the elephant seal’s outline is easy to spot.
There are a lot of noises coming from the group of seals on the rocks. This is common during mating season and at other times of the year. Elephant seals spend most of their lives in the water. When they do come on land, it is often to breed and give birth. That makes this time one of the most dangerous to approach an elephant seal since they are super protective of their babies.
Elephant seals can grow up to 4,000 pounds or more. The guy in this video is certainly very large, even bigger than the great white shark that he chases away. Elephant seals sometimes prey on smaller sharks. It’s possible that the elephant seal considered making the shark into his own tasty meal.
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