This amazing footage captures the moment a giant grouper eats a four-foot shark in one gulp!
The shark had already been hooked and was being reeled in when suddenly a giant grouper appeared from the depths, took the shark in its mouth – and swallowed it whole!
Presumably, groupers don’t suffer from indigestion problems.
Since there is a tendency for people not to believe extreme fishing stories, especially one of a grouper eating a shark in one bite, it’s just as well that this incident was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by user GImbb14.
The user explained what happened in a post on Reddit:
“Ran out to the reef at around 8 am yesterday and wasn’t having much luck.” Put out a chum block, set down some blue runners on the reef and waited.
Had a 15lb goliath grouper take and brought him up, as I brought him to the boat, the monster goliath shown in the video came and tried to steal him. About 30 minutes later I had about a 5 foot [1.5 metre] nurse shark take and brought him up.
As I was dehooking the shark, the goliath came back and inspected but didn’t attack him. Finally, about an hour after the nurse shark, I hooked the black tip behind the boat in the chum slick, and then the hilarity in the video began.”
Reddit users up-voted the video clip to the Front Page with such comments as “And that is why the ocean terrifies me,” “There’s always bigger fish,” and, “My God! What’s a grouper?!”
Groupers usually have strong, well-built bodies and a very large mouth containing crushing tooth plates. Their preferred method of taking prey is to swallow it whole, using the powerful suction force generated through their gills, rather than biting of small pieces.
The regular diet of a grouper is fish, octopi, and crustaceans. Eating a whole shark for a grouper is really a delicious treat!