DEC 17, 2019 4:06 PM PST

Watch Seals Band Together to Scare a Great White Shark Away

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Great white sharks are rather renowned for being massive and merciless predators of the ocean, and among their favorite prey are fur seals, which are rich in blubber and satisfying to the taste buds.

Every so often, an unwitting seal pup tends to venture too far away from their brethren, and these lone pups make excellent targets for predators. Great white sharks are not only large and fierce, but they’re also agile and capable of turning on a dime. Albeit true that a seal pup can out-maneuver a great white shark, they fail to get away at least half of the time.

When great white sharks get too close to a seal habitat, adults will often band together to form large seal clusters in an attempt to chase off the predator. This predatory harassment comes at a high risk for the seals, but when it works, it can save the entire population from being fed upon by a hungry fish.

In the instance shown here, the tactic appears to work. But we’d be willing to bet that another hungry great white shark lurks just around the corner…

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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