Bird of Prey swoops over beachgoers while carrying shark-like fish in talons

Holidaymakers relaxing on a beach were shocked by the sight of a huge osprey flying over the sands with the massive fish trying to desperately escape    

Incredible footage captured in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina shows a huge Bird of Prey flying over the sands whilst grasping a big shark-like fish.

The clip shows the large bird firmly holding on to the fish whilst it attempts to wriggle out of its clutches.

As it flies high into the sky, it appears that the fish may be able to get free but the the video ends with still trapped.

The video has sparked a debate as viewers try to establish what was flying above the popular American beach full of holidaymakers.

According to the Daily Mail, holidaymaker Ashley White captured the footage on June 22.

She told the paper that her mum first spotted the unlikely incident, adding: "She pointed and said, 'Look at that bird, I believe it has a fish! Too bad I don't have my phone.'

 

"I just happened to be playing music on my phone so I turned on the camera real quick to get the video!"

 

It was then shared by the Tracking Sharks Twitter, where thousands of people tried to identify the type of bird and fish.

The account tweeted: "Anyone know what type of bird this is and is it holding a shark?"

Many people were divided on identification, with people split between identifying the fish as Spanish Mackerel or shark.

One Tweeter said, "That's an osprey, a raptor that preys on fish."

But another replied: "Dudes! That is not an osprey! They are as big as hawks and have a completely different wing pattern."

One person joked: "I believe this is a pterodactyl holding a shark.

"By the position of the sun, I would say that it will serve as a late lunch."

 

Another added: "Anybody else singing “baby shark” in their head?"

One birdwatcher replied: "The bird is an osprey and the "shark" looks like a Spanish mackerel."

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