Sharks don’t typically have to worry about land predators ripping them out of the water and dragging them off for dinner. But that’s exactly what happened when a bobcat decided to leap into the ocean and grab a three-foot Atlantic sharpnose shark while it was feeding on small fish.
The picture below shows the bobcat dragging the shark out of the water and was sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), who later posted it to their Facebook.
“What do you call a wildcat fishing for shark? One mighty brazen bobcat!” the FWC said in their post. “This is a tale (no insult intended to the bobbed bobcat tail) of prey upon prey upon prey. John Bailey, who took this amazing picture, spotted a bobcat staring into the water at Sebastian Inlet State Park last evening while he was taking a stroll. He realized the cat was transfixed on a shark feeding on smaller fish. Suddenly, the bobcat leaped into the water atop the shark and dragged it ashore! Bailey took the photo and the cat dropped its catch and ran into the forest. Thanks to John Bailey for sharing this amazing picture of the two that got away!”
“P.S. There are no shark fishing regulations for bobcats. Just people,” they joked.
The bobcat pictured is a pretty large cat, which has caused many to question if it’s a Florida panther or a real photograph at all. The photo is real and the cat is indeed a bobcat, according to officials at the FWC.