Exclusive to this website... the only photos in the world of a Hooker sea-lion attacking a NZ fur seal... then killing it and eating it... never been photographed before... WARNING!! Contains graphic violent scenes
Iwas intending to take some photos of nice cute penguins coming ashore in the evening but when I got to my usual viewpoint I noticed a fur seal swimming close to the rocks in very shallow water, so I decided to attach my camera to my tripod and take some photos of the fur seal. Suddenly I heard a lot of splashing and the seagulls going crazy screeching and flying around. I glanced down the hill to see what the commotion was all about and to my amazement a huge sea-lion had appeared from somewhere and had the fur seal in it's mouth.
At first I thought I must be mistaken then the sea-lion began to shake the fur seal and plunge it under the water over and over tearing big chunks out of it to kill it and by then I was down the hill and taking photos flat out just by sheer instinct. I photographed the sea-lion for a full hour as it killed the fur seal by ripping it in half then it tore out big chunks and ate them. Every now and then the sea-lion would go into a frenzy of blood lust and start shaking the carcass violently then plunging into the pool of blood eating the shredded bits thrown loose by the shaking. It was a scene of absolute horror. When I left the sea-lion was still pigging out on fur seal and the gulls had joined in the feast but I couldn't take anymore. It was all a bit unexpected really. I was expecting cute penguins... not slaughter and blood and guts!
Prints of all these photos are available in poster sizes and very high definition (the originals are all around 7000 x 4000 pixels which is huge).