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Goliath grouper swallows shark whole
Fisherman prepare to haul in their big shark catch.

A boat of fishermen who managed to hook a shark on their line and were just centimeters away from hauling in the sizable catch, were left stunned when a ‘goliath’ grouper snatched the shark from their grasp, swallowing it whole.

The amazing footage was captured on camera and uploaded to YouTube by user Gimbb14.

In a Reddit post, Gimbb14 described the incredible scenes:

“Ran out to the reef at around 8am yesterday and wasn't having much luck. Put out a chum block, set down some blue runners on the reef and waited."

"Had a goliath grouper take and brought him up, as I brought him to the boat, the monster goliath shown in the video came and tried to steal him."

The fisherman were just unhooking the shark from their line when they recieved quite a shock. Source: YouTube

"About 30 minutes later I had about a 5 foot [1.5 metre] nurse shark take and brought him up."

"As I was dehooking the shark, the goliath came back and inspected but didn't attack him."

"Finally, about an hour after the nurse shark, I hooked the black tip behind the boat in the chum slick, and then the hilarity in the video began.”

Users on Reddit, where the video has been up-voted to the Front Page, commented things like, "And that is why the ocean terrifies me," "There's always bigger fish," and, "My God! What's a grouper?!"

Groupers typically have a thick, strong body and a large mouth with heavy crushing tooth plates. Their mouths and gills form a powerful sucking system to swallow prey rather than bite pieces off.

The giant grouper prepares to return to the depths. Source: YouTube

They usually eat fish, octopi, and crustaceans. Some species ambush their prey, while others are active predators.

Perhaps this video just changed your perceptions about what terrors lurk beneath the ocean's surface?

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