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Fact or Fiction: Photo shows sea lion in whale's mouth?

Posted: 1:43 PM, Jul 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-31 16:43:04-04
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(KGTV) - Did a photographer really capture a humpback whale with a sea lion sliding into its mouth?

Yes.

Wildlife photographer Chase Dekker captured the scene while whale-watching in Monterey Bay.

Humpback whales feed by opening their mouths wide and taking in large amounts of water. Every so often, they accidentally scoop up something huge like a sea lion.

But don't worry. The whale's esophagus is only about the size of a grapefruit and the sea lion safely got away.