Predator-prey interactions between Great white sharks and Seals

Published online on 30. November 2011

Marine predator-prey contests: Ambush and speed versus vigilance and agility

R. Aidan Martin and Neil Hammerschlag


Differences in relative strengths and weaknesses between predators and prey under tactical contexts result in complex and dynamic contests between them. These contests are often brief and difficult to observe in marine systems. Here, we employ basic principles of underwater optics and physics to provide a conceptual understanding of mechanisms underlying predator-prey interactions between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that have been previously described at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa.

Marine Biology Research, 2012; 8: 90-94




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