Crafty Bobcat Hauls Shark Out of Crashing Waves

Humans may be excellent fishermen, but our skill and expertise come up short when compared to that of some creatures in the animal kingdom. Most of the time, the fish just don’t bite and we go home tired, frustrated and empty-handed.

The photo above, captured by John Bailey, shows a large bobcat pulling a shark out of the waves in Vero Beach, Florida.

We don’t know about you, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this. Typically, bobcats live in semi-deserts or habitats dense with vegetation; it’s surprising to see one fishing on the beach.

Bobcats prey on birds, reptiles, and small mammals, such as racoons, squirrels and rabbits, though they are known to also hunt much larger meals. The shark is said to have been about three to four feet long.

As expected, there has been some speculation about the authenticity of the image, but experts say it’s legitimate.

Soon after the picture was taken, the bobcat was startled and darted back into a wooded area, leaving his catch behind on the sand.

Image: National Geographic