Dramatic moment great white shark attacks seal pup in astonishing footage

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a young seal narrowly escapes the jaws of a great white shark.

In an episode of Spy In The Wild, a robot seal and a seagull drone are deployed to record the shark as it hunts in the wild.

The great white shark is seen quietly following the seal pup as the animal appears out of the water.

As the predator closes in and gets ready to lock its teeth on the seal, the smart pup leaps across the surface and hides behind the great white shark.

Narrator David Tennant says in the programme: "The seal may be young, but he is quick and manoeuvrable.

From above, something remarkable becomes clear – the seal pup can turn faster than the shark.

"He deliberately gets behind it, out of sight."

Footage from the seagull drone shows that every time the shark turns, the seal pup stays right on its tail.

The seal repeats the move a few times until he finally makes his escape.

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The shark then turns its attention to the spy seal and begins to circle the robot.

At every pass, it gets closer until it launches the attack and sets its teeth onto the machine before it soon realises it was a hoax.

Viewers were amazed by the young seal's fast moves and lucky getaway while some were surprised that the shark was fooled by the spy seal.

One said: "That young seal was luckier than many I've seen in such videos – having a doe-eyed doglike face doesn't help them when a remorseless predator like a Great White is hungry."

The other one joked: "This gets my seal of approval."

A third commented: "Shark bites robot seal and is thinking hmmmm something doesn't taste right."

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