Photographer Captures Great White Soaring 8 Feet Into The Air

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Watch out! Great white sharks have taken to the sky. Okay, they aren't flying around with laser beams attached to their heads, but these predators are getting some serious air. According to Daily Mail, a photographer captured pictures of a great white launching itself 8 feet above the water.

Peter Verhoog witnessed the shocking stunt in False Bay, South Africa, where great whites are known to take to the air to secure meals. Here these stunning hunters will surge into the sky to nab fast-moving fur seals for dinner.

"The sight of a great white hunting is unbelievable," said Verhoog. "The immense power is incredible, and makes you feel humble. During the hunt, the shark swims just above the sea floor, following the group of seals at speed. 'When they have chosen their prey, mostly a slower or younger individual, they change their direction from horizontal to vertical, and swim straight up, so fast that they 'jump' out of the water."

While movies like "Jaws" make us think these sharks are finely tuned hunting machines, in reality the animals often miss. It usually take several tries before one of these beasts successfully clamps down on a seal.

Great whites appear in control of the ocean, but this species is vulnerable. Humans pose more of a risk to these animals than they do to us. Due to overfishing for their fins, the great white's numbers are dwindling, which is a bad sign for the ocean's ecosystem.

"Great white sharks are the most powerful sharks, and play an essential role in the health of our oceans," Verhoog shared with Daily Mail. "They keep the stocks of seals limited, and therefore protect fish stocks."

Hopefully these photos show that, while fearsome, these magnificent sharks are worth saving.


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These are NOT the photos from the article; these were taken by shark researchers using a dummy seal to measure how high sharks will breach the water to catch its prey.

June 29 2013 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

story explains they are needed to control seal population

June 28 2013 at 11:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

May the best shark/man win. They are killers and they don't care what they kill so why should we care about losing them if they show up looking for trouble and find it? i suspect in the eat or be eaten world we have the advantage and if they can't learn that then that is their problem.

June 28 2013 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jrp1947's comment

It's the "circle of life" thing... If the sharks are not here to keep the seal population down, the seals overpopulate and eat all the fish. Great whites aren't "killers"--the only reason humans are killed when attacked is because most of these sharks are so huge, that an exploratory bite to see if we're suitable food usually results in death. We are not their preferred food. They were here FIRST. When you go in the ocean, you're in THEIR home--I say that if people are killed by sharks and others don't learn from that "then that is their problem".

June 28 2013 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Great pics, I liked very much :-)

June 28 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like a Goober jumping on a new Crispy Creame...............

June 27 2013 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Water doesn\'t scale. All of these pics with the shark are fake.

June 27 2013 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it's an ad for shark week

June 27 2013 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More like 3 feet in the air. And is that a seal in it's mouth ? Hell no ! A seal is a lot bigger than that . That picture is a phony !

June 27 2013 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Craig's comment

Thank God the CIA isn't reliant on your perception of proportions.

June 28 2013 at 8:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Obviously, you've never watched "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel. That shark is approx. 15 feet long--since seals are about four or five feet long, the scale on the shark and the distance he is above the water is correct.

June 28 2013 at 11:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

A nice snack for that shark its called the circle of life...

June 27 2013 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Edwin 隊列 Cuna

We have to accept this kind of natural behavior the white shark portrayed in the pictures. They are the scavengers of the sea. Though it is gruesome to witness such unusual “seek to eat prey”, this is only a normal binge for the biggest sea creature to catch fodder in order to maintain their enormous size.

June 27 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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