Video: Shark Bites Gator in South Carolina
Two apex predators had a tense interaction near a dock in Hilton Head Island
You wouldn’t want to take a dip in the water at this dock in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Two of the world’s most dangerous apex predators were recorded swimming near each other on October 7—a huge shark and an alligator. When he saw the two beasts in close proximity, Cory Conlin pulled out his phone and started recording. And it’s a good thing he did. Conlon and the other onlookers at the dock were in for a bit of action. As the alligator floated to the surface of the water, the shark circled it several times and then chomped down on one of its legs. The gator thrashed and turned toward the shark, which stopped biting the gator and continued swimming in circles.
“I was surprised to see this, so I filmed it with my phone to show family and friends,” Conlon told Storyful.
In the video, several onlookers are shown throwing unidentified objects into the water. According to Storyful, these people were throwing fish into the water to feed the shark and alligator. The feeding of alligators is illegal in the state of South Carolina. That said, it is legal to chum the water in South Carolina. That onlookers who were throwing fish into the water may have contributed to the behavior of the shark depicted in the video. One piece of fish appears to land right on top of the alligator just before the shark chomps at it.
It’s not clear what species of shark is shown in the video. There is a well-known great white shark population in the Hilton Head Island area and local Captain Chip Michalove, who catches and tags sharks for scientific research, recorded an epic great white shark feeding frenzy earlier in 2021. Regardless of the species, the shark in the most recent video seems hungry—but the alligator wasn’t going to let the shark make a an easy meal out of it without protecting itself.