Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bull shark strikes out against pod of hippos; video

Safari tourists in South Africa were treated to an unexpected confrontation between a bull shark and a pod of hippos that didn’t last very long.

Stacey Farrell of Heritage Tours and Safaris was leading tourists on a hippo and crocodile cruise in an estuary at the ISimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province when the incident occurred.

Obviously the bull shark was overmatched:

Farrell described what happened to Kruger Sightings:

“Since hippos defecate in the water, this draws a lot of fish. If there are a lot of fish, it grabs the attention of the nearby sharks looking for a quick meal.

“This water isn’t very clear, causing visibility to be very low. This made the shark a bit disoriented and it started swimming right into the sharks. This caused the hippos to get angry and start charging the shark.

“Luckily for the shark, it was much faster than the hippos and managed to swim away without serious damage.”

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