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Team Captures Rare Footage Of Great White Shark Attack On Elephant Seal; 'Full On' Predation

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SAN DIEGO, California -- Adventure seekers hoping to encounter Great White sharks on a recent vacation got more than they bargained for last week when a 15 foot white shark explosively attacked a seal right in front of astonished divers.

"We were in the middle of cage diving operations on the back deck of the MV Islander when all of a sudden a 6 foot geyser of black foam and red blood erupted 50 yards from our position. I immediately deployed the shark research team from CICIMAR with video cameras and they caught a rarely seen white shark feeding event and repeated attacks on a 7 foot long resident Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)."

"The attacks lasted about 15 minutes and having witnessed a 'full on' predation first hand I have a new appreciation for the whites we encounter here. After four years of personal observations with these animals it's always good to be reminded of the power of this top ocean predator", said Australian born Luke Tipple, dive operations manager for Shark Diver and host of upcoming television series Wild Side Encounters.

"In 6 years of operations at this unique dive site, there have only been two recorded surface shark attacks on seals, this one was nothing short of spectacular. Today we decided to release this video to the general public", added eco-adventurer and Shark Diver CEO Patric Douglas after reviewing the video.

"We have research data showing these sharks actively stalking the smaller Guadalupe Fur Seals (pups and adults) early in the shark season," says Douglas. "By November these pups are quite big and begin to play offshore, which is the equivalent of ringing the dinner bell for larger female whites who need to consume mass quantities of food to fuel up for the winter and for breeding season."

Located 210 miles off the coast of Mexico, Isla Guadalupe has become the worldwide recognized dive destination for an unprecedented number of Great White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and provides exceptional opportunities for divers seeking encounters with these misunderstood denizens of the deep.

The Shark Diver crew, lead by dedicated shark specialists in conjunction with U.C Davis and CICIMAR's research teams, documented this rare attack on the surface and from below and will be studying it in depth in the coming months.

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why don't any of you tree huggers feel bad for the seals. You only whine, cry and complain when a sportsman catches a humongous shark on rod and reel. poor seals no tango nalyia( they ain't got nobody) that they can depend on, no tango nalyia
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 10, 2007 @ 2:34pm

Because that is nature being nature you nimrod! Honestly Rob, you need to stop spending so much time on the internet, commenting on every article, and go get yourself an education! Sharks and seals depend on one another to balance out the ecosystem. Without sharks, seals would overpopulate, eating all the precious fish that you catch on your beloved "rod and reel"! Without seals, great white sharks, and other apex predators, like killer whales would starve, this is called the circle of life a.k.a ecosystem. And since you so freely accuse everyone who has an opinion different then yours as a tree hugger, I have no problem telling you to put down your banjo, take the straw of grass out of your mouth, and educate yourself you senseless redneck! If there was an article of a shark being killed by a larger shark, or a killer whale, none of us so called "tree huggers" would complain, because once again that is nature being nature. It is different when man, who has already decimated shark numbers beyond repair, catch and kill apex predators, just so they can feed thier ego and hang a trophy in their house! I am so sick of you commenting on subjects you clearly have no business commenting on. We get it Robert, you like to fish, and "it's a great family sport". But you have no idea about the topics you so readily comment on, and give what you think is expert opinion. Take some time away from your "great family sport
   comment# 2   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 11, 2007 @ 7:04am

Come on Robert I really thought you were more intelligent than that. What ignorant comment. Thank you Brendan for taking the time to explain exactly how it works. As for calling anyone who bothers to care about our planet and the creatures on it a tree hunger, I dispair I really do !
   comment# 3   - Paul · Reading, UK · Oct 11, 2007 @ 9:10am

Sharks killing seals for food is the natural order. Sharks being fished or killed for sport is wasteful, unecological and thus, should be stopped at minimum, for the imbalance this can cause in nature.
   comment# 4   - Testuro Tamba · Philadelphia, PA UA · Oct 11, 2007 @ 12:26pm

Is that how it works? hmmm..Did you know that Nimrod was a great hunter in biblical times? Even though you meant it as an insult in fact it's really a compliment to any outdoorsman. B.M you are so typical and predictable. It really is quite amusing reading your spill on the predator prey natural sequence of events but Im a little suprised I hooked Paul with the same line!We got a good laugh!That my senor proffessors is a master fisherman. Bait the hook set the line and reel them Anyone who actually reads my posts knows I only call tree huggers those who put animals before Humans like B.M AND SOME OTHERS DO,FANATICS THAT ARE ADVOCATING THE DEATH OF HUMANS FOR LEGALLY TAKING FISH OR GAME.B.M you have done it on most of the sites you post , your as regular as a good BM in the morning. Anyone that listens to music would know that line "aint got nobody,that they can depend on, no tango nalyai" is Santanna's tune.I happened to be listening to that song when I read this poor elephant seal no friends in the tree hugging community. I do find it interesting that you all leave out Humans in the natural order of things, and or the circle of life. We are the APEX Predators, good or bad thats a fact. Relax ,Keep on fishing its great family sport!!
   comment# 5   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 14, 2007 @ 7:43am

What is unecological? If stopping sportfishing is at minimum whats the maximum? These questions are for Testuro from Philly. B.M.also from Philly,Seals depend on sharks, OK.I dont think they feel that way. In the real world seals are killed more by disease due to a large part of pollution, oil spills and humans worldwide then sharks OR other predators or sportsmen. You really believe Countries would allow seals to overpopulate or any other creature that would threaten giant Corporations and or fisheries. Orca "killer whale" have a large variety of food sources and seals are just one of them. I think they might lose a good source of fat but I'm sure they would fulfill their immense appetites in other areas. For all three of you so called intelligent and superior tree huggers, Humans are a part if not the major part of the natural order and ecosystem. Animals are here for us, we have dominion over them. We should help, conserve and regulate OUR Envirnment in which sport fishing and hunters do in a major way every year.
   comment# 6   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 14, 2007 @ 12:03pm

This Robert Rolin fella is here to seek attention. He is looking for arguments and should be ignored. That is my suggestion. If he truly believed in what he does with his time then the opinions of others wouldn't bother him. He feels guilty about his actions and therefore needs to 'debate' it instead of going forth and doing something productive in life. Dismiss him and his opinions.
   comment# 7   - Nick Porter · Hastings, UK · Oct 15, 2007 @ 6:56am

Nick Porter, you hit it on the head, and I couldn't agree more. It is just so agitating to read his stupid incohesive rants evertime I go to read an article on this site. It's one thing to have these pre-historic opinions, but on top of it, he can't put together even a single cohesive, properly puncuated sentence. His ignorance bleeds through on every level, it's quite sad. And for the last time Robert, I don't promote human death over a sharks, or any other animal for that matter. However, for the people who kill sharks just to boost their ego, yes I think the world could do without these people. If that is putting Human life before that of an animals, I can live with it. Please insert ignorant, uneducated, incohesive remark here......
   comment# 8   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 15, 2007 @ 1:33pm

Nick Porter, now you just hurt my feelings fella. B M from Philly you are quite the craw fish master. Most hypocrits like you are good at denying their statements or actions. These are just some of your comments on this marvelous website B M "I WISH his kayak would have tipped over because the planet could do without Retards like this""I just HOPE the next time they are wading across a pond or river in Texas this crocs offspring returns the favor" By the way Savant their Alligators not crocs, your real bright B M . Here's ANOTHER quote from B M ABOUT A TEENAGER who shot at and missed a tiger shark while spearfishing for other fish and was bitten by the shark "WISH the shark would have finished that kid off , that is what he gets for shooting it"He was 16. All these people were participating in Legal activities and with the knowledge and authority of the state and federal wildlife departments. You B M possibly belong in an institution or should seek professional counseling on your obsession and pshycosis before being forced to. I did however find a friend to the seals his name is Francois Hugo and is a remarkable individual. He not only has a mission to help seals but has helped humans in all areas of life in his endeavors.Check it out on the U W Site. Try to go fishing this weekend it will relax you.
   comment# 9   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 15, 2007 @ 8:13pm

I think there should be a worldwide shark culling! Do we let wild preditors live wild in unchecked numbers on land, nor should we in the water! Sharks are the ugliest creatures!!! They look like a giant slug with teeth.
   comment# 10   - Monte Petersen · Greenwich, CT USA · Oct 16, 2007 @ 5:51am

now there's the other extreme. The truth is one extreme makes more people go to the other extreme. Go fishing, relax enjoy life, things will be alright
   comment# 11   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 6, 2007 @ 7:45pm

Well as an avid sportsman myself I obviously advocate fishing. Whether it be for sharks or small panfish, it an excellent leisure activity. Now, why people fight over the internet is beyond me, because you'll never convince anyone of anything, and nobody is going to hurt anybody's feelings or anything: its pointless. But, simply to state my opinion, I think that fishing in general is great, and yes, I agree that humans are part of the natural order of things, and if a human preys upon a fish it shouldn't be seen as a terrible thing. Also, as far as population issues, there are restrictions on numbers of animals that can be harvested, so its really not going to devestate a population. Thats just my thoughts on the matter.
   comment# 12   - Mark Odegard · Pine City, MN · Mar 30, 2009 @ 1:46pm
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