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Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa

From Jaws to Finding Nemo, sharks are most often portrayed as ravenous eaters. But even for these fierce marine predators, sometimes the hunters become the hunted. Photos taken during a 2012 tourist trip in South Africa are the only known documentation of a seal going after and consuming mid-sized to large sharks, according to a study published online last week in the African Journal of Marine Sciences. The discovery not only reveals a previously hidden part of one species’ diet, it could also have important implications for our understanding of the food web in the open ocean.

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