"I couldn’t believe it," Chase Dekker, a wildlife photographer who snapped this image of the incredible moment while aboard a Sanctuary Cruises whale-watching vessel, told The Dodo. "These lunge events happen so quick I hardly had any time to comprehend what I was witnessing."
Chances are, the sea lion and whale were in disbelief, too.
Humpback whales don't eat sea lions; in fact, their bodies aren't designed to swallow something so large. And lucky for the sea lion, this whale wasn't interested in trying:
"While I couldn't see when, I am 100 percent confident the sea lion escaped as the whale kept its mouth wide open as it sank back down into the sea," Dekker wrote.