Think you understand the ocean’s food chain? This photo of a sea lion attacking a small thresher shark might throw you for a loop.
While it’s actually quite common for sea lions to attack small sharks, most of us aren’t used to thinking of sharks as prey.
It certainly came as a shock to many people aboard a whale-watching tour off the coast of Newport Beach, California, on Wednesday. The tour boat saw at least five sea lions attacking multiple small thresher sharks, The Orange County Register reports.
“It was absolutely insane,” Slater Moore, a photographer and member of the boat’s crew, told The Huffington Post. “Predator becoming prey, nature’s finest!”
Moore snapped photos and flew his drone over the water to film the pinnipeds’ bloody feast.
“Everyone on the boat was completely shocked,” he said of witnessing the attacks.