Sealed with a miss: Jawesome moment lucky seal escapes fierce jaws of great white shark

This is a JAWESOME moment a lucky seal escaped certain death – avoiding a great white sharks jaws by inches.

The giant great white burst from the water only for the seal to bounce off the tip of its nose high into the air.

On the way down, the hungry shark snapped, missing the airborne mammal by the smallest of margins.

The great white breaches the water in a bid to snatch the seal

The great white breaches the water in a bid to snatch the seal

The incredible moment was captured by underwater photographer Sergio Riccardo, 51, who photographed the scene near Cape Town, South Africa.

Due to the dense population of seals on Seal Island, just a few kilometres from Cape Town, the location is a prime feeding location for great whites.

Sergio, from Sorrento, Italy, said: “The boat began to follow the seals back to Seal Island where there are around 70,000 seals.

With its jaws gaping, the shark narrowly misses the mark

With its jaws gaping, the shark narrowly misses the mark

“During this process the seals are often the subject of attacks by great white sharks.

“They launch themselves from underneath the seal, knocking it above the surface and snapping the mammal in their mouths.

“The speed with which the sharks attack brings them to jump completely out of the water.

“I was glad to see the seal escape on this occasion.”