PICS: Giant great whites breach to kill seals

PICS: Giant great whites breach to kill seals

GREAT white sharks leap out of the water before crashing back down to kill their prey.

The enormous predators can weigh more than a ton, and provide a breathtaking spectacle when they rise out of the ocean.

Great whites breach the waters to kill seals by landing on their bodies with their powerful weight. 

The rise and fall happens within seconds, so photographer Daniel Botelho had to have quick reactions to capture the attacks.

The Brazilian photographer spent four months in Gansbaai on the west coast of South Africa last year. 

Despite capturing the predators in action, Daniel is keen to dispel common misconceptions about great whites. 

He said: "Every time I saw this type of predation on TV it came together with strong music and super slow motion, so seeing this live gave me a totally different and real sense of the dramatic attack - the most powerful and shocking wild predation on earth is also very quiet, quick, almost like a ghost strike.

"The biggest antithesis I ever saw in nature, the most powerful natural attack is also the most humble one. 

"The shark comes and goes and in half of a second everything is done and as quick as this.

"My heart sped up and I lost my breath."

Brave Daniel also dived with the sharks without using a cage, and took close-up pictures of the animals in Shark Alley between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.

The channel lies in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Gansbaai. 

Daniel, who captured his images on expeditions between July and November last year, said: "I want to show the world that great white sharks are predators for sure, but not frenetic men eaters.

"I believe that the best way to prove something is with action so I took the opportunity to dive at the famous Shark Alley.”