SAN DIEGO – A man captures a sea lion attacking and eating five blue fin, aka leopard, sharks in California waters.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 30 2013 Unusual
Sea lions usually eat fish and crab, but excessive fishing in California has depleted the ocean from much of the sea lions’ food supply, leaving on hungry sea lion to resort to desperate and life-threatening alternatives to feed.
The South African variety of sea lions tends to get bigger in size than the standard variety. And although this sea lion is obviously larger than the shark; a sea lion attacking a shark is a rarity indeed.
For some strange reason the sea lion only ate the stomach and liver of each shark he attacked.
Chris Fallows, who organizes shark dives along the California coast and who captured the attack scene on video said: “It was horrible to see!”.
Fallows said he was on shark excursion with a small group of divers when he spotted the leopard sharks. “Suddenly a huge sea lion appeared, catching one of the sharks, and then another,” said Fallows.
“We went shark watching elsewhere because we didn’t want to lure more sharks to this killer sea lion.”
Callon Duck, a scientist at St Andrews University, isn’t all that surprised by the sea lion attack. “It’s a matter of size,” says Duck. “If you’re the smallest, you’ll be eaten.”
Duck says that California sea lions can grow very big, up to 9.5 feet long and weigh over 650 pounds. They can dive over 650 feet deep and stay under water for 7.5 minutes.
Duck has this message for the attacking sea lion: “Better watch which shark you attack, in the winter, the Great White Shark is back!”
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