A great white shark attack on a sea lion was caught on video by divers in a shark cage, and the poor furry creature is shown scrambling into the cage away from the shark. The video says the great white shark was chasing after a seal, but some reports claim it’s definitely a different critter swimming for its life.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, ever since a Great White Shark attack in Australia resulted in the death of a surfer, a debate over shark culling has people arguing shark rights versus the safety of human beings. The Western Australia EPA has rejected the controversial shark culling program that used bait lines attached to floating drums in order to catch sharks, but others in the government believe a rapid response squad with the authority to remove, catch, or kill sharks is necessary if it’s believed there is an “imminent danger” of a shark attack. Sony Pictures is hoping to take the increased interest in shark attack stories by producing a new movie called In The Deep, which some have described as described as Jaws meets 127 hours.
The great white shark attack video on the sea lion shows the apex predator of the deep cruising on by while the divers strain to capture the shark on camera from the relative safety of their shark cage. Apparently the target of the great white shark thought the cage seemed pretty safe as well and managed to sneak inside with the divers for just a moment. But it quickly attempted an exit, only to become stuck between the bars of the cage. One of the divers then nudged the sea lion, giving it enough leverage to escape back out into the deep.
The video itself is labeled as “Seal visits the shark cage,” and as such the majority of reports also repeat the idea that it’s a seal attempting to escape a great white shark. But io9 suggests this “seal” is in fact a sea lion.
“Despite the video’s title, the critter in question is definitely not a seal. While the two kinds of animals are similar, the visible ear flaps confirm that it’s one of the six living species of sea lions (a seventh, the Japanese sea lion, is extinct),” the site notes.