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The moment an awkward sea lion was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale during a feeding anchovy frenzy in Monterey Bay, California

Hard to swallow! Moment happy sea lion escapes death while humpback whoops him up in powerful jaws … only to spit him out because he is too big

  • Sighting captured by photographer Chase Dekker during a whale feeding madness, in Monterey Bay, California
  • Fortunately, the throat of the humpback, as wide as a melon, is not big enough to swallow the sea lion in its entirety
  • The male sea lion, which weighs around 400 pounds, looks like it is seconds after death but manages to escape
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Great photos show the moment when a happy sea lion is almost swallowed in the jaws of a humpback whale.

While swimming in Monterey Bay, California, the daring sea lion with gallons of water was swept up in the filter jaws of an ocean giant.

The male sea lion, which is thought to weigh around 400 pounds, appears to be a few seconds away from death as the whale's throat approaches.

Three humpback whales were seen in a feeding frenzy at massive schools of small anchovies when the sea lion was accidentally scooped up.

Humpback whales hunt by opening their huge mouths and swallowing and filtering up to 500 liters of fish-filled water.

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The moment an awkward sea lion was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale during a feeding anchovy frenzy in Monterey Bay, California

The moment an awkward sea lion was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale during a feeding anchovy frenzy in Monterey Bay, California

Fortunately for the sea lion, a humpback throat is not big enough to swallow it whole

Fortunately for the sea lion, a humpback throat is not big enough to swallow it whole

Fortunately for the sea lion, a humpback throat is not big enough to swallow it whole

Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, has made this unique photo

Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, has made this unique photo

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Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, has made this unique photo

And usually the incredibly agile and fast sea lions easily avoid the open mouth of the whales … except this time.

With jaws around him, the photo closes this sea lion that seems to realize that it has not been driven fast enough.

Fortunately, the male marine mum – some of whom have called Jonah – survived the encounter because a whale's throat is actually only as wide as a melon.

Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, took this unique photo on Monday in Monterey Bay, California.

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Chase said a humpback whale that swallowed a sea lion had never been shot on the camera before.

He said: Usually when the whales eject food at the surface, they close their mouths almost immediately to catch the fish as they sink back into the sea.

& # 39; This whale kept its mouth completely open, while I am sure the sea lion felt bobbing around its mouth.

& # 39; While the humpbacks expand their throat folds, they can swallow between 300 and 500 liters of water and fish at a time. & # 39;

It is not unusual for orcas to eat sea lions, but it is much more unusual for a humpback whale to kill such a large animal, as they usually only eat small fish.

The approximately 400 pound male sea lion was one of the hundreds that accompanied three humpback whales in a feeding frenzy at massive schools of small anchovies
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The approximately 400 pound male sea lion was one of the hundreds that accompanied three humpback whales in a feeding frenzy at massive schools of small anchovies

The approximately 400 pound male sea lion was one of the hundreds that accompanied three humpback whales in a feeding frenzy at massive schools of small anchovies

And usually the incredibly agile and fast sea lions easily avoid the open mouth of the whales ... except this time

And usually the incredibly agile and fast sea lions easily avoid the open mouth of the whales ... except this time

And usually the incredibly agile and fast sea lions easily avoid the open mouth of the whales … except this time

Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, took this unique photo on Monday in Monterey Bay, California.

Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, took this unique photo on Monday in Monterey Bay, California.

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Nature photographer Chase Dekker, 27, who is also a guide and nature researcher, took this unique photo on Monday in Monterey Bay, California.

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