MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A very large shark, snatching a pretty small meal, provided a big surprise for a group fishing off their back deck in Myrtle Beach, and the whole thing was caught on camera.
Sarah Brame posted the video on YouTube and said it was taken from their beach house in Cherry Grove. She told WMBF Myrtle Beack Florence that the six to seven foot bull shark stole her five pound red drum catch.
Ripley's Aquarium Marine Biologist Shannon Hughes said the video definitely shows a bull shark, and that they are actually fairly common in South Carolina waters. Hughes said bull sharks are the only kind of shark that can survive in fresh water, which is why they can make their way into streams and rivers inland.
"Larger females will actually go in and [birth] pups in fresh water," Hughes said. "That way the pups can grow out a little, and when they're bigger, make their way out to salt water."
But just because bull sharks are common, doesn't mean they're docile. Hughes said bull sharks are more hostile than just about any shark.
"Bull sharks have more testosterone in their body than any other animal on the planet," Hughes explained. "That makes them easily upset."
For that simple reason, Hughes says it's best to avoid bull sharks altogether if you do encounter one.
"Try to stay out of it's way," Hughes said. "It's one of those animals you don't want to upset; they have a nasty set of teeth."
Hughes said the bull shark in Brame's video likely wasn't attracted to people, but when it saw a struggling fish, it took advantage of the opportunity for an easy meal, just like any other shark would.
(WMBF Myrtle Beach Florence)