By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane

A PHOTOGRAPHER witnesses a feeding frenzy as whales and dolphins attack a giant ball of fish

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Marine photographer Silke Schimpf captures a pod of dolphins hunting

Snapper Silke Schimpf, 47, captured the chaotic scenes during a marine tour of South Africa's Eastern Cape.

This amazing display was caused by the annual sardine run, where billions of small fish move north along the coast of the country.

The marine tour set off just before sunrise in April 2016 on the coast of South Africa

Along with her husband Rainer, Silke captures a huge variety of hungry animals from land, sea and air feeding on the huge bait ball.

A bait ball is a swarm of fish which has joined together to protect themselves from predators.

The calm waters enabled Schimpf to photograph these stunning creatures

Silke revealed that she found the torrent of feeding after following a pod of famished dolphins.

The team witnessed the dolphins chasing the fish to create a bait ball

She said: “We watched a pod of common dolphins for about two hours along with hundreds of gannets.

“The fish were being chased by dolphins, whales and penguins from deep down to the surface of the water – meaning all all the predators could easily feed on them.

The images were captured in the Indian Ocean on the coast of South Africa

“The fish are pushed to the surface, as that is their only means of escape.”

Part of the pod: The team dived with the dolphins and were in the centre of the action

The pair witnessed birds, whales, sharks, dolphins and seals feeding from the bait ball, and within two-and-a-half hours there was no fish left.

Common dolphins live in pods of adults and calves for hunting and protection

Wildlife enthusiast Silke spoke about the experience of seeing a group of huge whales breaching the surface.

A flurry of fish are snapped up by predators

She said: “A special scene was when the Bryde’s whales went through the fish ball with their open mouths.

Easy pickings: The gannets take advantage of all of the fish on the surface of the ocean

“It’s a very special and rare moment to see a 20 tonne marine mammal feeding close up, as whales are usually very shy.

The scale of the whale can be seen compared to the scuba diver besides it

“It’s always an unbeatable experience to be eye to eye with the most beautiful marine life.”