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A polar bear chases a bearded seal across drift ice. Bears must surprise their prey by keeping a very low profile and swimming quietly between the ice fragments.

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A pod of orcas chase a humpback whale just off the coast of Ningaloo, Australia. About half of orca attacks on humpback whales are successful.

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Like a real life Spiderwoman, the Darwin’s bark spider sprays silk to build a web over a river and catch her insect prey. Her silk is the strongest natural fiber on the planet — ten times stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bullet proof jackets.

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A pair of Arctic wolves chase an Arctic hare across the tundra. Hares can run 40mph and change direction in an instant — making them very tricky prey.

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A fledgling sparrowhawk pursues a jay in an airborne chase. Female sparrowhawks are much larger than males, and can therefore capture larger — and more difficult — prey.

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A pack of African wild dogs chases a herd of wildebeest across the Liuwa Plain in Zambia. Wild dogs have INCREDIBLE stamina — they can run up to 38mph for over three miles before tiring.

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A pack of African wild dogs surround two adult wildebeest in Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Working as a group, wild dogs can take down prey more than 10 times their size!

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A lioness in Etosha National Park, Namibia, chases down an adult zebra... all on her own.

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A Nile crocodile launches itself out of the Grumeti river in Tanzania, attempting to catch a thirsty wildebeest.

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Shearwater birds and Californian sea lions simultaneously attack a school of sardines. Shearwaters are surprisingly agile swimmers, and sardines must swim tightly for defense against not one but TWO predators.

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Orca whales chase Patagonian sea lions in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. The orca’s hunting season only lasts a few weeks here, and then the sea lions learn to recognize them as a danger.

‘The Hunt’: The Chase is On

With every hunt, nothing is certain. Explore thrilling action photos of sea, land, and air predators chasing their prey.

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