A goliath grouper swallows a shark whole as stunned fishermen watch in amazement. The entire episode was caught on camera and posted online in a new YouTube video that has already amassed a mind-boggling number of views thanks to its mind-blowing content. In just one day, the video of the goliath grouper swallowing the shark has received nearly 4.5 million views from astonished watchers.
According to Yahoo, goliath groupers typically dine on fish, octopi, and crustaceans. Atlantic goliath grouper, or itajara, are built to swallow food whole.
The incident took place earlier this month when one of the men on a fishing boat caught a black tip shark on his line. He was obviously delighted with his impressive catch as he spoke with the shark. "Hey, Buddy," he said as he attempted to reel in the four-foot-long catch. "Hi."
In an instant, the man's soothing tone was replaced by shouts of disbelief and astonishment as the goliath grouper swallowed the shark in one piece. Despite losing the catch of the day, the fisherman even laughed into the camera.
The surprised look on the face of the fisherman says it all. At the end of the video posted online by YouTube user Gimbb14, the man can be seen staring at the camera with his mouth wide open in shock. His eyes are covered by the lenses of reflective sunglasses, but it's easy enough to imagine the amazement reflected in his eyes as he watches the goliath grouper swallow the shark in one bite.
Comments poured into YouTube about the video, which was simply captioned, "Goliath grouper eating a black tip shark in one bite off the coast of Bonita Springs Florida. August 2014."
Gimbb14 provided more detail about the goliath grouper swallows shark incident on the site Reddit.
"Ran out to the reef at around 8am yesterday and wasn't having much luck. Put out a chum block, set down some blue runners on the reef and waited. Had a 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 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."