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Huge bird catches 'shark' in new viral video

By T.K. Randall
July 4, 2020 · Comment icon 9 comments

The bird in the video (see below) is thought to be an osprey. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Minusig
The spectacle of a bird catching an enormous fish has been captured on film at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach.
Birds of prey are some of nature's most magnificent creatures and this one, which swooped down to grab hold of a shark-like fish that seemed way too big for it to carry, is certainly no exception.

The clip, which was posted on social media on Friday, was recorded by Kelly Burbage who was particularly keen to ask if any experts could identify the species of fish and bird.

"Eagle? Condor? Caught a shark in Myrtle Beach!" she wrote.
While many users offered possible suggestions, the general consensus is that the bird is an osprey - a large fish-eating bird of prey - however some have argued that it may in fact be something else.

The fish, meanwhile, is thought to be a ladyfish which can grow up to 3ft in length.

Whatever the case, the footage is certainly spectacular and has since racked up over 16 million views.

Source: Independent | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by S I N 4 years ago
The real Sharknato 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Mattacaster 4 years ago
I think the bird was just flying around showing off his catch to his other bird friends. �awe yeah. Look what I scored. Let's see you seagulls beat this!�
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
That is amazing, but when will people learn to stop holding their phones vertically when they shoot photos or video?! I feel like phones need to tell you to at this point, because people apparently cannot learn anything, despite having watched so many examples of professional cinematography.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TomO' 4 years ago
I'd bet the farm that the bird is an osprey, but that's no shark. Tough to tell for sure, but I'd say it's something in the tuna family. Maybe an albacore.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
There are lots of shark species, and not all of them grow so big.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
It looks like a vulture of some kind with small smooth hound or one of the smaller sharks
Comment icon #7 Posted by ercbreeze 4 years ago
They light/white underside says Osprey . . .   I have seen an Osprey eating a fish larger than this!  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jake Storm 4 years ago
Looks more like a Tuna to me (not tinned variety either) lol
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
The osprey look to got some help from a good onshore breeze wind !

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