Video footage of a dog attacking a shark under water on the Australian coast has gone viral, snagging 2.9 million views since its Internet debut on YouTube a little over a month ago.
In the one-minute clip, two dogs swimming near the West Austrailian town of Broome appear to be herding “herding” several sharks towards the shore when one of the two canines suddenly ducks under water to take a bite of one of nature’s most feared predators.
“He’s going down… He’s giving him a bite! The dog is biting the shark!” exclaims Russell Hood-Penn, the individual who taped the incident and uploaded it to the web. “That is unbelievable. I’ve seen it all now.”
So why were the sharks close enough for a dog to jump in the water and bite one of them? The answer to that question may be in the second half of the video.
As the camera pans out, a dead dugong (a large marine mammal similar to a manatee) can be seen beached on the shore – which is, according to Hood-Penn, the reason that the sharks were circling so close to the shore.
At the end of the video the dog emerges victoriously from the ocean and shakes the water from its fur. There was no word on the fate of the shark.
Catch the “dog bites shark” video below: