Stunning Photo Captures the Moment a Sea Lion Was Nearly Swallowed By a Whale

Live Science | 7/31/2019 | Staff
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A group of sea lions in Monterey Bay, California were chasing fish alongside a pod of humpback whales when the hunt took an unexpected turn. As a whale hurtled up from the deep to swallow fish near the surface, it nearly swallowed a sea lion in a single gulp.

Wildlife photographer Chase Dekker captured the astounding image while on a whale-watching boat with the tour agency Sanctuary Cruises, and he shared the photo on Facebook and Instagram on July 23.

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However, the seal was spared that gruesome fate. Dekker posted on Facebook that he was "100% confident" that the sea lion escaped, because "the whale kept its mouth wide open as it sank back down into the sea," he wrote.

"Minutes later, the whale was feeding again and I am sure the sea lion was too," Dekker added.

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In fact, it would have been physically impossible for the humpback to swallow something as big as a sea lion, which can weigh up to 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms). Humpbacks' throats are just a few inches wide, and can stretch to no more than 15 inches...
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