Although many people can say they’ve played tug-of-war before, not everyone can say their competitor was a great white shark — except these Australian fishermen. Off the coast of Bondi Beach near Sydney fisherman nabbed a blue shark by the tail and were amazed when a juvenile great white shark took it as bait and began mowing down.
The men brought the shark in close to their boat and caught all the animal carnage on film. The fisherman — perhaps unwisely — even took turns petting the shark on the nose.
Check it out:
According to news.com.au, fisherman Henry Minter estimated the shark was about 18 feet long compared to their 32-foot motor boat. The incident happened last year, but it was only posted on YouTube earlier this month and has since gained more than 1.2 million hits.
Grind TV reports Minter saying in an email that the fishing community was shocked to have seen something so big close to the Sydney shore:
“We were amazed as the shark bit the whole blue shark in half and proceeded to play tug of war with us with the remaining tail half. Never seen anything this big so close to Sydney and has been a real shock to the Sydney fishing and surfing community.”
News.com.au contacted an expert from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries who said it was in fact a great white shark but with no landmarks present in the video, they can’t confirm the location. The spokesperson for the department is reported as emphasizing that they frequently patrol the beach to make sure swimmers are protected.