In the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives, baby lemon sharks are a regular sight as they cruise the shallows in search of fish. But this young predator had slightly more terrestrial dining plans...


Determined to get its jaws around an out-of-reach fish, the shark propelled itself right out of the water before manoeuvring its body back to safety without too much trouble. The short clip was posted to Instagram by the Lucido Travels vacation company recently. 

"It's an incredible bit of footage!" says the team from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSR).

The intrepid animal was most likely a juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris), a species that, along with blacktip sharks, is a pretty familiar swimmer in these waters.

"It's very common to see juvenile blacktips and lemon [sharks] feeding in the shallows like this, but we've never seen them leave the water quite like that before ... It's a big risk but in this case perhaps the reward was big enough!" adds the MWSR team.

Video details are scarce, so we're not sure how the [apparently dead] fish came to be floating so suspiciously close the shark, but it goes without saying that attempting to feed these toothy predators is never a good idea. 

And while it's certainly surprising to see a shark hit the sand to fetch its meal, some species are quite comfortable staking out the shallows and "walking" their way to food:


Top header image: Morgan Schmorgan, Flickr