Is This Footage of an Eagle Stealing a Fisherman’s Catch Real or Fake?

A fisherman bringing in a Dolly Varden char had some competition — and lost — when it appears that a bald eagle swooped in to steal his catch over the weekend.

A video taken by Norman Dreger and posted on YouTube shows his point of view as he appears to be wading in a river and captures audio of his stunned reaction when the bird manages to snag his fish and fly with the line.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)
(Image: YouTube screenshot)
(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Check it out the scene in the video that has more than 1 million views since being posted three days ago:

In a second video that has seen less traffic, Dreger wrote that the bird tried to steal his prey again, but failed this time around. This version shows a clearer view of the bird and Dreger too seems a bit more mentally prepared for it.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Here’s the footage:

You might think there’s something about the footage — or perhaps the reaction — that just seems, well, fishy. But few commenters, like those talking about it on a Reddit thread, are labeling it as a fake.

It’s not the first time a bald eagle has tried to steal someone’s catch. A family in Alabama had a similar experience, but the eagle didn’t get away with it. The bird became trapped in the line instead.

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