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Where Great White Sharks fly

Seal Island, near Cape Town, South Africa, 2010

Located 5,7 kilometers off Simon’s Town in False Bay, this small piece of rock is rising only six meters above the mark for high tide. It is home to a large colony of Cape Fur Seals, one of the preferred prey of Great White Sharks.

The island is the first location where breaching Great Whites was documented by wildlife naturalist and photographer Chris Fallows. 

Launched from deeper water, a Great White can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour before breaching the surface and lunging 10 feet into the air with a seal in its mouth. 

Fallows operates a company which observes natural predation and breaching activity in the waters surrounding Seal Island. These pictures were taken on a rainy, seasick-ridden morning aboard one of Fallows’ boats. 

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