Great white shark leaps out of the ocean in South Africa

  • The amazing video was captured off the coast of Mossel Bay in South Africa
  • It shows the shark ‘breaching’ – a technique used to surprise its prey
  • The film crew used a fake seal made out of a wetsuit to attract the beast 

Joe Sheppard For Mailonline

Dramatic footage has emerged of a great white shark leaping out of the ocean providing a fantastic insight into how the beasts hunt.

The amazing video was captured off the coast of Mossel Bay in South Africa and shows the predator breaching.

The term is used to describe how sharks use the element of surprise to capture prey swimming near the surface.

The huge great white shark leaps out of the ocean in the clip shot off the coast of Mossel Bay

The beasts sneak up beneath their unsuspecting target before suddenly propelling themselves with such force that they jump straight out of the water.

The footage, filmed at dawn, shows the shark forcing its whole body out of the water against a beautiful orange morning sky.

 ‘I happened to be in the right place at the right time,’ said Dan Abbott, who captured the clip. ‘We were out there that morning for an hour and a half but, here’s the thing, there was only one breach.

‘To do these trips you have to get up quite early.

‘Great white sharks are ambush predators and their most successful time of hunting is before the sun rises.’

 The footage, filmed at dawn, shows the shark forcing its whole body out of the water against a beautiful orange morning sky

Dan and his team from Shark Video Channel towed a fake seal made out of a wet suit behind the boat to get the predator’s attention. 

The cameraman added that he was very pleased with the result.

‘There’s probably nothing in nature that is quite as spectacular as a shark breaching out of the water,’ he said. 

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