Shocking images capture the moment terrified stingray is attacked by seal

THIS is the shocking moment a terrified stingray is attacked by a seal.

The pictures, taken by David Hurwitz, were captured in Cape Town, South Africa last month.

Sting ray and seal are fighting to see who's dinner

PIC BY Dave Hurwitz / CATERS NEWS

The 61-year-old said he noticed a commotion in the water and thought it might be a shark eating the seal.

But after racing towards the spot he came across a bull seal eating a stingray.

The seal was then forced to defend his food from preying seabirds.

stingray squares up to seal

PIC BY Dave Hurwitz / CATERS NEWS

David said: “Whilst heading across the bay, I noticed a huge commotion in the water about 1 nautical mile from my vessel.

“My first thought was a Great White shark predating on a seal.

“I approached at speed & on arrival saw that a (bull) seal was taking on a stingray that appeared far larger than he could manage.

“It was remarkable in that, although the seal was sub-adult, he was obviously very experienced in dealing with large Elasmobranchii and knew that by inverting them, it would induce a hypnotic state (tonic immobility), rendering his prey defenceless.

Stingray gets eaten by seal

PIC BY Dave Hurwitz / CATERS NEWS

“Once he had started on the best bits – the wings – it was not long before the Skuas arrived and tried to rob him of his meal.

“He would have none of it & the next 20 minutes proved most entertaining watching the seal barking & lunging at the birds to ensure that he didn’t have to share the tiniest of morsel with these thieving scavengers.

“There’s never a day at sea when you won’t encounter something new & exciting that will blow you away.”