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Tour guide records hippos chasing off hungry shark

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-16 11:00:58-04

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – This small bull shark bit off more than he could chew when he tried to snack on a pod of hippos at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The hippos were NOT happy.

Tour guide Stacey Farrell from Heritage Tours and Safaris managed to capture the face-off between the shark and the hippos on video.

“During a hippo and crocodile safari on the St Lucia Estuary, we spotted a small bull – zambezi – shark swimming close to the hippo family. I stopped the boat along the bank as we were watching the pod of hippo return to the water,” says Farrell.

Bull sharks are unique in that they can live in both salt and freshwater, seeing them in the estuary is a common sight as this is where females will have their babies.

“…The water was very muddy and the shark started bumping into the hippo which caused them to start attacking the shark. The shark was much faster and managed to get away at the last second.”