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Photo shows humpback whale almost swallowing sea lion

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 13:19:00-04

A marine biologist recently snapped a photo of something that’s rarely, if ever, seen, KSBW reported.

“I get to see a lot of crazy stuff. Never this,” Chase Dekker said.

Dekker was working as the marine biologist and photographer for Sanctuary Cruises, a whale-watching tour agency in Moss Landing, Calif., when he captured the image of a sea lion inside the mouth of a humpback whale on Monday.

“There’s a lot of people on the boat who had never even seen a whale,” Dekker said. “So, the fact that they can see something so amazing, something I’ve never seen in all my years doing this … it’s mind-blowing.”

People on the boat were watching a pod of humpbacks on a feeding frenzy when the freak act of nature happened.

“And I was hoping I got the photo,” Dekker said. “I was looking behind the lens. I was like, ‘OK, I hope I got it,’ and then I looked and I was so ecstatic because I just captured a moment I may never see again.”

Dekker explained that humpback whales don’t eat sea lions. They instead eat krill, plankton and small fish.