• Caught on Camera: Shark eats smaller shark at Jacksonville Beach

    By: Kristen Dressel , Deanna Bettineschi, Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A video posted by Darrell Ruger on Facebook Sunday is gaining a lot of attention.

    The video taken at the Jacksonville Pier shows a shark eating another shark.

    The video was posted around 3 p.m. and has more than 200,000 views.

    Witnesses said it appeared that someone was trying to reel in a 2-foot shark when another shark, possibly about 6 feet long, ate the other one.

    University of North Florida biology professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter explains the encounter:

    "I believe that’s a smaller shark was a black tip and the larger shark looked like a bull shark,” said Gelsleichter.

    Gelsleichter says in their research the see evidence left from similar attacks.

    “It’s common for us to haul back a half of shark, a shark head, or in some cases a larger shark that got hooked when he grabbed on to a smaller shark,” said Gelsleichter.

    He says most people usually don’t catch it on camera -- and that it happens more often than we think.

    Experts say we should start to see shark encounters decrease when we get into October and November. 

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