By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung

A POWERFUL great white shark unleashes an explosive attack on a helpless baby seal

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Videographer / director: Rainer Schimpf
Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson
Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

Photographer Rainer Schimpf spends a lot of time out at sea capturing incredible photos of great whites in action

Photographer and dive tour operator Rainer Schimpf, 48, captured this display of awesome power while shark spotting in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

The great white is at the top of the food chain and has few threats in the ocean

Great whites can breach at speeds of around 20 mph and hit their prey with the same force as a car crash.

Tour operator Rainer took the close-up photos in February 2016 when seal puppies are in abundance

The shots were taken in February 2016, when brown fur seal puppies are in abundance in the area.

German-born Rainer described the moments before the attack.

The powerful animals have several rows of teeth that can number into the thousands and a single bite can be fatal

He said: “We could see one of the seals swimming away from the island closer to the boat.

“As it swam away we all realised that this was not a good idea for the seal, because the further it swims the higher the risk of being taken by a predator.

Great white sharks have such a strong sense of smell that they can detect a colony of seals two miles away

“The seal actually turned around, it looked back to the island as though it was realising this was not a good idea.

“The next second the shark hit the seal and took it out."

A brave diver is pictured inside a cage as a large great white bites at the bait tied to the side

The wildlife photographer also explained that seeing a breach attack of this kind is extremely rare.

He said: “The special thing is that this predation wasn’t provoked, there was no decoy or artificial seal pulled behind the boat.

Rainer explained that witnessing this type of breach attack is extremely rare

“There was no bait in the water so the shark wasn’t provoked to be aggressive or change its behaviour at all, it was an absolutely natural behaviour and we were really privileged to be able to witness this.

The great white shark has a streamlined shape and a powerful tail that propels it through the water at over 60km per hour

“For me personally it was amazing to see, amazing to show to our clients what nature is about, and how white sharks operate.”