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Shark Bait: The one that got away

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MYRTLE BEACH (WMBF) - A very large shark, capturing a pretty small meal, provided a big surprise for a group fishing off their back deck, and the event was caught on camera.

If you haven't seen the video, brace yourself. It's a little shocking.

Tag along with the group as they reel in their big catch, anticipating the trophy fish on the other end of the line, only to find - someone else wanted that bait more. WARNING: Adult language used in YouTube video below.

It's funny. It's sad. It's scary. It's even a little theatrical. And it happened right here in the Grand Strand.

WMBF News spoke with one of the fishers in the video, Sarah Brame claims the video was taken from their beach house in Cherry Grove, and the six to seven foot bull shark stole their five pound red drum catch.

Ripley's Aquarium Marine Biologist Shannon Hughes says the video definitely shows a bull shark, and that they are actually fairly common in South Carolina waters. Hughes says bull sharks are the only kind of shark that can survive in fresh water, which is why they can make their way into streams and rivers inland.

"Larger females will actually go in and [birth] pups in fresh water," Hughes said. "That way the pups can grow out a little, and when they're bigger, make their way out to salt water."

But just because bull sharks are common, doesn't mean they're docile.  Hughes says bull sharks are more hostile than just about any shark.

"Null sharks have more testosterone in their body than any other animal on the planet," Hughes explained. "That makes them easily upset."

For that simple reason, Hughes says it's best to avoid bull sharks altogether if you do encounter one.

"Try to stay out of it's way," Hughes said. "It's one of those animals you don't want to upset; they have a nasty set of teeth."

Hughes says the bull shark in Brame's video likely wasn't attracted to people, but when it saw a struggling fish, it took advantage of the opportunity for an easy meal, just like any other shark would. 

How would you have reacted in that situation? Hope over to the WMBF News Facebook page and let us know.

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