I thought it was tickets: man’s seal attack terror


I thought it was tickets: man’s seal attack terror

A Cape Town diver has recounted his horrifying battle to escape a leopard seal that nearly had him for breakfast

Senior reporter

Jerome Petersen had almost given up hope. Still 200m from shore, trailing blood from numerous bites inflicted by a vicious seal, he realised the animal was trying to drown him. 

“At that point I just didn’t care if it continued biting me,” said the 50-year-old of his ordeal on Sunday at a popular Cape Town spear fishing reef in False Bay. “I thought if this is tickets I’m just going to relax into it. It had an angry look, a crazy look. I allowed the thing to take me and start pulling me out to sea.”

Petersen mustered the last of his energy for a final fight back and managed to scramble onto a rock, still pursued by the seal which continued to attack. He drew on his lengthy diving experience of remaining calm in potentially dangerous situations: “I never panicked ever. I went through the processes — I had a job to do and that was get back to the beach. I had to conserve my energy because I knew how long the swim back was. There was no fear.”..

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