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Air Jaws by Vincent Riedweg

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Great white sharks of False Bay, South Africa, have developed a very unique and impressive hunting technique to catch seals, breaching completely out of the water doing so.

As far as I know this is the only place in the world where they can be seen performing such exercise.

2011-09-21:
I published this image 24 hours ago and had the most amazing feedback since then (much appreciated, by the way…). A lot of people appear to be quite concerned with the seal’s fate… but the trick is this is a dummy seal, pulled by a boat to attrack the shark right in front of my lens. Shooting such an image with a real seal is almost impossible since there are thousands of them around the place and there is no way to know when and where the shark will strike… unless YOU are the hunter! Therefore I am pleased to say no animal was hurt during the shooting of this photograph.

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great white shark, ocean, sea, hunting, predator, wildlife, south africa

“A hundredth of a second here, A hundredth of a second there. Even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, maybe three seconds, snatched from eternity”
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  • Harry Snowden
    Harry Snowdenalmost 3 years ago

    Yikes!

  • Thanks Harry

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾almost 3 years ago

    Right time, right place, right photographer

    you know this is simply one of those perfectly composed thematic shots you won’t get quite like ever again, so put in your title (View Large) it’s the only way to view it, totally blows me away, won’t ever forget seeing this

  • Thanks for your kind feedback

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Eileen Brymer
    Eileen Brymeralmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Exquisite timing and action shot! Just wish they didn’t have to eat seals.

  • Thanks Eileen

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely amazing! :-D

  • Many thanks

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 3 years ago

    unbelievable!!

  • Thanks Jenny

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • sedge808
    sedge808almost 3 years ago

    WOW !!!

  • Thanks !

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Kymie
    Kymiealmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic!!!!! Brilliant timing

  • Thanks Kymies

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghalmost 3 years ago

    OMG, what a fantastic image, talk about great timing…

  • Thanks Sharon

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    awesome :0)

  • Many thanks Angie for all the comments & favoriting, much appreciated.

    – Vincent Riedweg

  • Priska Wettstein
    Priska Wettsteinalmost 3 years ago

    This is absolutly fantastic, what a great moment!

  • Thanks Priska

    – Vincent Riedweg

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