There are numerous seal colonies and resting sites along the coast to the north and south of Dunedin, like this one at Shag Point. Seals and other marine mammals are a favoured fodder of great white sharks, which could explain the relatively high rate of attacks on people in this area – when in the water, humans are in effect marine mammals too. The sharks can swallow quite large prey whole – a 90-kilogram fur seal was found in just two pieces in the stomach of a 1,520 kilogram juvenile great white shark in October 2005.
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Photograph by Alastair McLean
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