Watch Rare Footage of A Deep-Sea Fish Eating A Whole Shark
If you were to come face to face with a shark, we bet you would be beyond terrified. Many people won’t even get into the water when they go to the beach because they are afraid to cross paths with a shark. And why wouldn’t you be afraid? We were raised to fear sharks. Remember the movie Jaws? Hello!
We were taught that sharks are ferocious, that they are a top predator and that they don’t mess around. We would rather rub fins with a dolphin any day, wouldn’t you? And while they are scary AF, the reality is, is that there are more than 450 species swimming around in the world’s oceans for us to run into. But did you know that one in four sharks in currently being threatened with extinction? A major reason is because of the demand for shark fins, but recently, one shark off the coast of South Carolina died in a much more unusual way.
A Feeding Frenzy
Usually sharks are the ones having a feeding frenzy under the sea, but a few weeks ago, researchers ran into something that they least expected.
Researchers for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were amazed when they ran into a group of sleeper sharks chowing down on a swordfish.
While the swordfish was giant, it didn’t stand a chance against the hungry school of sharks.
Business As Usual
Meal time started off as business as usual. While it was already sight to see, it wasn’t unusual that these sleeper sharks would eat that kind of fish.
Then, things went awry when a giant and very hungry wreckfish wanted to get in on dinner as well.
We know that sharks eat fish, but what happens when a fish challenges a shark and becomes the predator? You’ll have to wait and see!
Their Lucky Day!
This delicious and super savage swordfish buffet happened just 80 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
When you watch the full video of the feast, you can hear the researcher’s excitement when they narrate what they are seeing in the video.
What they didn’t know was that they were about to witness something so much juicer and they were going to get it all on camera!
Scouting With The Deep Discoverer
Their submersible’s shadow also played a huge part in what was about to happen next.
Hiding out in the shadows, a wreckfish waited for the perfect opportunity to get involved in the feeding fest.
In The Shadows
But this fish wasn’t waiting for the sharks to finish chowing down so he could have a taste of the swordfish too.
Oh no. Unfortunately for the sharks, he had bigger plans than that.
Is anyone in the mood for some scrumptious shark tonight? Because this wreckfish is about to go to town and maybe he will share if you ask nicely? HERE WE GO!
See For Yourself
He was waiting in the shadows so he could find the chance to turn one of the diners into dinner.
Well, you know what they say. “Go big or go home,” right? He was about to go big, alright.
Go ahead and watch the video posted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to see it for yourself. It really is a sight to see.
One Quick Bite
At around 1:42, the very ballsy wreckfish has his entree in one quick bite and he definitely doesn’t leave any room for desert.
He waits as they feed, and in the calmest ambush in fish history, he makes that shark his dinner just like that!
You are afraid of sharks when you go swimming in the ocean? Well, maybe you should be afraid of the wreckfish too.
The Scene Of The Crime
This feeding frenzy took place at a depth of about 1,480 ft, near a rise in the sea floor 80 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
Just a warning to any swordfish empathizers out there, if you do decide to watch the video, it starts with an 8-foot long swordfish being devoured by nearly a dozen deep-sea sharks.
It’s pretty brutal, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Wha Had Happened?
We don’t get to see what happened to the swordfish before they stumbled upon this savage dinner scene, which is probably a good thing.
The researchers are not sure how he died in the first place, but let’s just hope he died before they started going to town.
We want to be able to say that “no swordfishes were harmed in the making of this video” but unfortunately we cannot.
The Cause Of Death
“The cause of the death of this majestic animal is unclear, perhaps owing to age, disease, or some other injury,” said marine scientist Peter J. Auster from the University of Connecticut.
“There was no visible hook or trail of fishing line suggesting this was a lost catch. However, any type of injury would have been masked by the massive damage caused by hundreds of shark bites.”
Let’s pour one out for that poor swordfish. What a brutal way to go!
Two Different Species
While the sharks in the video all look like the same type of shark, they are actually two different species of sharks.
These slow-moving, deep-sea dogfish are commonly referred to as sleeper sharks.
Two of the larger individuals are likely to be roughskin dogfish and the others belong to a relatively newly discovered animal called Genie’s dogfish. While most dogs are cute and cuddly, we are not sure why these predators are called a dogfish, but we will roll with it.
In Honor Of The Shark Lady
The species, Genie’s dogfish, is named in honor of Mote Marine Laboratory founder Eugenie ‘Shark Lady’ Clark.
This new type of species was determined to be a distinct species only last year.
“Fondly labeled the ‘Shark Lady,’ Eugenie Clark, who founded Mote Marine Laboratory and continued studying fishes until she passed away in 2015 at age 92, will now be recognized with another distinction — namesake of a newly discovered species of dogfish shark,” said lead author Dr. Mariah Pfleger of Oceana and colleagues.
Sniffing Out Their Food
Both of the sleeper shark species featured in the video are commonly found at these kinds of depths.
They like to slowly cruise about until they run into a food source. Don’t you wish that technique also worked for humans? You are just strolling along and BAM! You run into a free rack of lamb perfectly prepared and ready to be eaten.
They travel far to find their food, but this video proves that the journey was worth it. Whatever way they found their way to the swordfish, the Atlantic wreckfish was right behind them.
AKA Stone Bass And Bass Gropers
The Atlantic wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) tend to travel alone and in very deep waters in search of their next meal. They are massive fish also referred to as stone bass and bass gropers.
They can grow to be 7 feet in length, and usually hang out around deep water caves and shipwrecks.
Whether they came to eat the swordfish, or wanted the shark all along, is not clear. Either way, this fish proved that he was the winner in the end when he emerged from the glare of the Deep Discover’s lights and wrapped its lips around one of the sharks.
A Rare And Startling Event
“This rare and startling event leaves us with more questions than answers, but such is the nature of scientific exploration,” says Auster.
We have a question! Why didn’t any of the shark’s friends help him as he was being eaten alive?
We would like to think that if we were hanging out of a fishes mouth, someone would at least try to save us. Just a thought.