Mako shark grabs New Zealand fishermen’s swordfish

UPDATED: Thanks to reader “dangershaw” for providing a link to much more in-depth video of the event.

Some New Zealand fishermen had to fight for their catch while filming for a local television program. The fishermen had been trying to land a hooked a swordfish (Xiphias gladius) when an opportunistic mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) decided to grab a bite. Despite the shark’s best efforts, the fishermen were able to wrestle their catch away and haul it into the boat largely intact.


  1. drudown says:

    This footage tends to underscore how misguided the notion that “cage dives teach sharks to associate humans and/or boats with food” is, as if, in the end, that has not already been written upon the coil of the Lamnidae gene, as they shadow our activities to usurp scavenging opportunities from the deep and unseen.

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