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Incredible image show a sea lion being swallowed whole by a humpback whale in what's claimed to be a world first.

Humpbacks hunt with their huge mouths agape, swallowing fish as they go and filtering up to 500 gallons (1,892 litres) of water.

Three of the whales were feeding alongside around 200 sea lions when the unlucky creature got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Luckily though, a humpback's throat is relatively small - about as wide as a watermelon - so the sea lion survived the encounter.

27-year-old Wildlife photographer Chase Dekker says while he’s seen birds get trapped he never thought he’d see a sea lion get trapped. 🌊🐋 That’s what they call a big gulp!

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