Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shark bites off more than it can chew when it swims into angry hippo horde

Bull Sharks can survive in fresh water and have been known to swim up rivers in Africa
Bull Sharks can survive in fresh water and have been known to swim up rivers in Africa

David Kearns

Bull sharks might be one of world’s most fearsome predators but to a pod of 6,000-pound hippos lounging about, they are little more than a nuisance.

Rare footage has emerge of a single  shark investigating an area where about a dozen hippos stand in shallow water in South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

The hippos seem to be aware of the shark’s presence and the first real confrontation occurs 32 seconds into the video, with a large hippo rearing back and upward, as if bitten or nudged by the shark.

The shark makes a few more passes until another hippo lunges toward the shark at the 1:30 mark, sending it scurrying off.

Tour guide Stacey Farrell managed to capture the face-off between the shark and the hippos on video.

She told Earth Touch News Network that the shark probably was attracted by the hippos’ waste matter.

“It would be the best place for the shark to be looking for a snack,” Ms Farrell said.

“The water was very muddy and the shark started bumping into the hippo, which caused them to start attacking [the shark].”

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