A Florida photographer snapped an incredible shot on April 6 when he captured a bobcat fishing for shark.
John Bailey was strolling along the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park south of Melbourne Beach, Florida, when he spotted the cat watching a shark feeding in shallow water. A moment later, the bobcat leapt onto the shark and dragged it onto the beach.
As the feline hauled its prey onto the beach by its tail, Bailey snapped a photo before the bobcat became startled and ran into the woods without its catch. (The lucky shark made its way back to the sea.)
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told local media that the agency believes the photo is real.
The commission shared the picture on its Facebook page and said the shark might be an adult Atlantic sharpnose shark, ranging 3 to 4 feet in length. The agency also noted, “There are no shark fishing regulations for bobcats. Just people.”
While bobcats are opportunistic feeders that have been known to roam Florida beaches, this is the first time one’s been spotted attempting to feed on a shark.
The felines are reclusive and tend to avoid people, and they’re usually at their most active at sunrise and sunset.
Typically they feed on small mammals like squirrels, rabbits, opossums and raccoons, but Florida bobcats will also eat migrating birds like robins, catbirds and thrashers, according to the Florida wildlife agency's website.
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