Swallow it Whole..Just for the Halibut! by Michael S Nolan


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This bull Steller Sea Lion has quite a mouthful, to say the least! The flood tide is really ripping here in Inian Pass in Southeast Alaska and this Steller has managed to grab a young halibut in its jaws, but now the dilemma…how to eat a large, flat fish without losing your grip and letting it get away! The answer of course is to surface, throw the fish into the air, and catch it like a giant potato chip, swallowing it in a single gulp. Don’t try this at home (OK, maybe with popcorn, but definitely NOT with a wriggling fish!)


steller sea lion, sea lion, pinniped, northern sea lion, fish, fishing, halibut, hunt, prey, southeast alaska, alaska


  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic image, Michael!

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 3 years ago

    magic!! – and got a kick out of the title too hahaha

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Michael, your work is amazing, always plenty of action, love this, I also love the title…. :o)x

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 3 years ago

    LOL … what an amazing pic and promise won’t try with a wriggling fish! …. a cat maybe?

  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallabout 3 years ago

    Woahhh !!! the type of photography I dream about. Well done

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 3 years ago

    lol promise I won’t try it :)) brilliant capture Michael fav for me ,

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 3 years ago

    fantastic timing and beautiful detail : very cool shot!

  • normanorly
    normanorlyover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Michael

  • Angie66
    Angie66over 2 years ago

    amazing capture :)

  • Norbert Probst
    Norbert Probstover 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot with great composing!

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