Sneaky shark tries to steal fishing catch

Remarkable underwater footage shows the moment when a shark charges at a diver and begins to chew on its catch.

The clip was filmed at a depth of 7 meters in the waters of Porto de Santo Antonio Noronha in the paradisiacal Fernando de Noronha archipelago, 220 miles from Brazil.

Shot on May 4, the video shows artisanal fisherman Felipe Rogerio “fighting” a shark over his catch of fish below the surface of the water.

On May 4, 2022, in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, a shark was seen trying to eat a fish caught by a diver.
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Rafael Mesquita Ferreira, who filmed the footage, told Zenger News: “The sharp-nosed shark appeared, attracted by the smell, and attacked the fishing line three times, took two cones and tried to bite a squirrel fish, but it has a lot of thorns, so that could not.

“The fishermen involved are authorized for this type of fishing in Noronha and are prohibited from trying to prevent the shark from approaching the fish.

“The person featured in the video is Felipe Rogerio, Fernando de Noronha’s resident and tour guide. He was fishing with another resident and friend, Nego. Both are authorized to fish in the archipelago.

Shark tries to eat fish catch
On May 4, 2022, a shark was spotted trying to eat a fish caught by a fisherman in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.
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“The sharp-nosed shark appeared while fishing and I followed and captured the images.

“The shark appeared and took two fish from the line and we didn’t do anything because they are protected animals on the island and we can’t interfere with their behavior.

“I took advantage of the situation to capture the shark’s actions!

“Besides these, there were other sharks of the nurse shark species.”

Nego, whose real name is Erivaldo Alves da Silva, added: “I thought it was funny, it was a medium-sized shark.

“It tried to swallow a bigger fish and it didn’t work, it didn’t fit in its mouth. My friend and I laughed a lot, it was very funny.”

The Brazilian sharp-nosed shark, fortunately for the divers, is relatively small compared to most sharks, and when fully grown will rarely exceed about 2 1/2 feet.

It is considered vulnerable in Brazil due to intensive fishing and many experts believe that even this status does not accurately reflect how endangered it currently is.

In addition to the threat of being targeted as a food source, it also faces the risk of water pollution, plastic ingestion and plastic containment.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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