The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research team shared the footage of a school of sharks feasting a dead swordfish on the seafloor around 1,476 feet beneath the surface. As the sharks tear the 8-foot swordfish separated, a large fish known as a wreckfish creeps out from behind the researchers’ remotely controlled vehicle and grabs a shark in its mouth.
The video finishes as the shark’s tail are seen thrashing from between the wreckfish’s lips while the predator swims by the camera it had used for cover.
Take a look at the video below:
Peter Auster, a senior research scientist at the Mystic Aquarium and research emeritus professor at the University of Connecticut said: The wreckfish “demonstrated the ability of large predatory fishes to feed on smaller sharks, The wreckfish appears unable to feed on the swordfish directly itself, but by joining the sharks, it was able to feed on an animal that was.”