Humpback whale pictured with sea lion in its jaws in a once-in-a-lifetime photograph

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“While the humpbacks were lunge feeding on a school of anchovies, a sea lion apparently didn’t jump out of the way fast enough and got trapped inside the whale’s mouth,” Dekker posted on his Instagram page. 

When whales feed on large schools of fish, they open their mouths wide as they can and charge forward, eating as many fish as they can in a single gulp in a process known as lunge feeding.

“As soon as I saw this photograph, I knew it may be one of the rarest shots I’ve ever taken,” Dekker told National Geographic. “Not the most beautiful, not the most artistic, but probably something I would never see again.”



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