Murder On The High Seas

Telegraph UK is running an amazing series of photos of great white attacking a seal.


That’s going to leave a mark.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

6 Replies to “Murder On The High Seas”

  1. For those of us more familiar with pinnipeds, this appears to actually be a sea lion. Take a look at the length of the pectoral flippers. Likely a female.

  2. Actually I lied. For those of us familiar with female stellar sea lions off the BC coast, this picture actually looks remarkably similar to those females.

    It is a Northern Cape Fur Seal, which totally tricked me out!

    A learning experience…

  3. That’s going to leave a mark.

    You bet; that shark is sure going to feel the tail-slap he’s about to get.

  4. Supposedly, last week a seal-watching cruise off Martha’s Vineyard saw a ~14 foot great white blast a seal, to the delight of some passengers and the horror of others…

  5. Kevin, Keely
    I’m sure that’s a fur seal and that this was taken off seal island, south africa (where the Planet Earth and first Air Jaws scenes were shot). I’m fairly sure the Telegraph credit for Chris Fellows is incorrect too and these shots were taken by RSA white shark guru Chris Fallows. I went out looking for mako with him in 2005 – he’s a really cool guy who really knows his stuff, not just GWS or sharks but birds, whales and all sorts. We didn’t see any makos but I learned a hell of a lot about other stuff.

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