Florida bobcat goes fishing, catches shark


FORT PIERCE, Florida (WPLG/CNN) — A bobcat’s wild catch caught on camera.

“Just really surprised, I just kinda stumbled on it,” John Bailey said. “Initially, it was pretty quick. It looked like it spotted it. It grabbed it… just snatched and pulled it up. The shark kind of floundered for a while.”

From Fort Pierce, Bailey tells the story how he was just walking, saw the bobcat, then saw it watching the shark.

“It looked initially, when I saw it, like it was just going for fish. But it appeared to be a shark,” Bailey said.

It all happened at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Vero Beach. Bailey was on vacation relaxing but was instantly riled over this.

“I was so fascinated with the whole thing, I didn’t even think about the fact that I was potentially in danger,” Bailey said.

As for himself, Bailey was far enough away to take the photo safely.

“It actually noticed me and luckily ran the other way,” Bailey said.

The bobcat dropped the 4-foot shark and ran into the nearby woods.

As for the shark, it probably thought it was safe to go into this water. At least until this moment.

“I don’t expect to see it again. It was definitely unique,” Bailey said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Liz Barraco said wildlife officials believe the picture to be legitimate and they were “very excited to see it.”

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