Fishermen Watch As 600lb Marlin Catch Gets Eaten By Tiger Sharks First

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: November 11, 2022
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Key Points

  • Tiger sharks prey on marlin fish.
  • More than 400 species of sharks are found worldwide today, and around 170 are found in Australian seas.
  • This article covers a video about a fishermen catching a 600 lb marlin but it ends up getting eaten by a tiger shark.

Marlins are some of the largest and fast fish you can find out on the sea. They are easily recognized by their blade-like upper jaw, which they use to slice through fish, making them a lot easier to catch.

In this video, four men are out fishing off Cairns, Australia, ready to pull up a large marlin catch. There’s no lead-up to the moment—the men are already exclaiming when the video starts.

“Sharks got him! Bring it up guys,” yells the cameraman from the top of the boat as he looks down at the scene. “You’re kidding!” says the man below, bewildered.

From his vantage point, the cameraman says “Yeah, I can see all the blood.”

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The angler is seated securely on the deck of the boat, his feet up against a base for leverage as he keeps striking to pull in the massive fish. All three men look out expectantly, waiting to see what comes out of the water.

Suddenly, the marlin is spotted—but as the cameraman warned, it is not alone. Tiger sharks and bronze whalers have decided this meal is for them, and they leap out of the water, biting chunks off of the fishermen’s catch.

Commotion in the water continues as one of the men on the deck reaches out to grab the fishing line with a gloved hand. The men continue attempting to pull the marlin up as the cameraman reminds them to be careful.

“Get the cutters!” he yells as the line can be seen pulling downward toward the side of the boat. The camera then captures the moments as the man rushes down to the deck (if you get easily dizzy, you may want to look away for a few seconds until the camera stops moving about wildly).

“You got his head?” the cameraman asks.

One of the men reaches down, grabs the line close to the marlin’s head, and pulls it on board.

“This is like a 600-pound fish,” he says, as he holds it from its upper, pointed jaw.  

One of the men shakes hands with the angler, congratulating him on a job well done. Despite this, there is a noticeable air of disappointment swirling about the boat from all men as they process the loss of the day.

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“Don’t get in the water now, boys,” one of the men says, adding a bit of humor to the moment, as they

look out onto the water.

Is it Normal for Sharks to Eat Marlin?

The simple answer here is, yes. The sheer size of marlin fish make it difficult for any other ocean mammal to hunt. The size of marlin predators increase in size as their own size increases. That means that the adult blue marlin or only eaten y other large open ocean shark species including tiger sharks.

Is Australia or the U.S. the Most Shark Infected?

Tiger sharks and bronze whalers snatch up this fisherman’s catch of the day.

More than 400 species of sharks are found worldwide today, and around 170 are found in Australian seas. While Australia is home to the most diverse shark population, they are in second place for shark attacks – behind the United States! In 2021, the United States recorded the most unprovoked shark bites with 47 confirmed cases. Australia recorded 12.

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Angie is a writer with over 10 years of experience developing content for product and brand reviews, focusing much of her time on animals of all types. A cat owner herself, she enjoys writing articles on beloved pets that both inform and entertain her audience.

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