It”s yet unknown how many bobcats are still living in the wild in Florida, but if you happen to see one, you should try not to antagonize it. They can be deadly. That being said, bobcats are interesting, beautiful, and complex creatures.
When humans do come in contact with them, though, they sometimes stumble upon scenes like this…
Earlier this week, John Bailey was walking in Sebastian Inlet State Park, when from a distance, he saw a bobcat standing in the surf near the shore.
Suddenly, it leaped into the water and emerged with a three- or four-foot shark in its jaws. Not wasting a moment, Bailey snapped a picture with his iPhone 6. The picture startled the bobcat, who then dropped the shark and headed back into the woods.
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Mission says that the organization does not believe the photo to be a fake.
Bobcats have been known to hunt a variety of mammals and birds, but their diet also occasionally includes fish. This, however, is the first time there has been evidence of a bobcat fishing in salt water.
In a Facebook post, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Mission says they believe the shark in question was an adult Atlantic sharpnose, like the one pictured below.
(via: National Geographic)
Talk about a heavyweight battle of deadly predators. I wonder who would have won the battle if it took place in water deep enough for the shark to have had a fighting chance. I guess we”ll never know.