Shark Eaten in One Bite by Goliath Grouper (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A goliath grouper recently ate a 4-foot black tip shark in one bite off the coast of Bonita Springs, Fla.

Some unidentified fishermen caught the shark on their line and were trying to pull the creature out of the water while the goliath grouper lurked nearby (video below).

When it finally appeared that the fisherman were reeling the shark out of the ocean, the grouper suddenly swallowed the shark in one bite, notes

“Groupers are opportunity feeders,” Baryl Martin, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told ABC News. “They can grow up to 800 pounds.”

“They are large predators and they eat large prays,” added Martin. “They can appear anywhere from 10 feet under the water to much deeper.”

Groupers are a protected species in Florida, but unfortunately most sharks are not.

A 2013 study by Canada's Dalhousie University found that 100 million sharks are killed each year due to overfishing, noted China is a huge consumer of shark fin soup, which is said to have supposed magical healing properties as sharks have a long life span.

Scientific American reported earlier this year that the scalloped hammerhead sharks became the first kind of shark to be protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Sources:, ABC News,, Scientific American