Florida-based fine-art nature photographer Doc Jon was walking along a beach earlier this month when he ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ a once-in-a-lifetime photo showing the food chain: it was an osᴘʀᴇʏ carrying a shark carrying a fish.
Since the sea hawk was some distance away, the photographer initially thought he had caught an ordinary photo of a bird carrying a fish in its talons. When he zoomed in on his photos at his computer, however, he was surprised to find that it was actually a shark in the bird’s grasp and that there was a fish in the shark’s mouth.
“I go home, and I open it up and see [the photo] and I saw the tail first on the fish and realize it was a shark tail,” he told weather.com. “And then I zoom in and I’m like, ‘Holy crap, that’s a shark.’ And then I see the fish in the mouth … I just couldn’t believe I had gotten that picture.”
“This is a one-in-a-trillion photograph,” Jon said.
The photos were ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ with a Canon 6D and a Sigma 150-500mm lens without a tripod, and Fstoppers reports that Jon initially photographed the bird 400 feet above him after a passerby asked him what his lens could capture.
It’s estiᴍᴀᴛᴇd that the shark in the photo is about 1 foot long.