This is the incredible moment when a huge fish eats a shark.
Fishing captain John Brossard and his crew set out from the US city of Goodland, Florida, to record the incident.
John, 57, said he was stunned when the shark he swallowed in one bite was swallowed by a large fish.
The captain watched in disbelief as he swam with the catch of the Atlantic Goliath grouper.
Recalling the experience, he said: “Originally we were shark fishing when suddenly two or three Goliath groups started hanging out under the boat waiting for us to catch them.
“We were just thinking ‘Wow, unbelievable! Something’s going to eat a shark and it’s bigger than a shark.'”
“We were very surprised. Basically it ate the shark, and took it down and broke the line.
“We were using a 50-pound test line and that wasn’t enough.”
John said the prey was a black-nosed shark, estimated to be three feet in length.
Meanwhile, Grouper weighed around 500lbs, he believes.
They said they were fishing in a place that could be dangerous for even the most fearsome predators.
The sailor explained: “Where we were fishing is basically the Florida Everglades.
“Sharks, alligators, alligators, pythons, dolphins and manatees are all in one place.
“It’s the only place in the world where all these creatures are in one place and everything there tries to eat everything else.
“Bull sharks have occasionally been observed to be eaten by alligators and alligators, and sharks are also eaten by larger fish there.”
Goliath Grouper Facts
The Goliath Grouper is a saltwater fish that can reach very large sizes, reaching 8.2 feet in length and weighing up to 800 pounds.
It has a broad head, rounded tail, small eyes and short dorsal spine.
Its color is usually grayish-yellow, although some may appear gray or olive. american ocean.
Atlantic Goliath Groupers prefer shallow warm waters where there are artificial or coral reefs – such as around the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico.
Their main food source is crustaceans such as shrimp, crab and spiny lobster.
Groupers also eat other species including parrotfish and stingrays, young sea turtles and octopuses.
Large groups can feast on barracuda and sharks.
Goliath grouper is protected from harvest in the United States and is recognized by the World Conservation Union as a critically endangered species. Florida State University telling.
Because they are so large, they do not have many predators other than sandbar and great hammerheads such as king mackerel, barracuda, moray eel and sharks.
The species is also threatened by climate change and global warming because as the ocean warms, more harmful bacteria, pathogens and parasites increase.
He said: “Where we fish is very wild. That’s why we fish there – and the one we love to catch is the big fish.
“They’re all hunters in the Everglades. You don’t want to get lost in there and have to walk or swim home.”
The encounter has also left John, who runs Shark Chaser Charters, wondering whether sharks deserve their terrible reputation.
He added: “Do they deserve all the hype?
“I think sometimes yes and sometimes no, but most of the time no.
“Of course, if you get in their way, and the water in their area is dirty, yes, they’ll taste you to see if you’re eating well.”
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