Bobcat catches shark on Florida beach

Local 10 viewer snaps picture in Sebastian Inlet State Park

VERO BEACH, Fla. - It's a picture that could be used as the inspiration for a new SyFy Channel monster-mash thriller movie.

But it's real. Or so believes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The photo of a bobcat walking along the beach with a shark in its mouth is as astounding to see as it is to believe.

Local 10 viewer John Bailey sent in the photo he snapped Monday evening while walking in Sebastian Inlet State Park Monday in Vero Beach.

The photographer said he noticed the bobcat staring at a shark in the water that was feeding on a smaller fish. The bobcat then leaped into the ocean, caught the shark and dragged it onto the beach.

"Initially, it was pretty quick," Bailey said. "Spotted it, pulled it up (and) the shark floundered for a while."

Once the bobcat saw the beachgoer, it dropped the four-foot shark and ran into the nearby woods.

"I was so fascinated, I didn't think about being in danger," Bailey said.

Liz Barraco, a spokesperson with the FWC, said they believe the picture to be legitimate and were "very excited to see it."

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