Curious shark chased away by pod of angry hippos

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Jan. 23, 2018 at 1:53 PM
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Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A visitor to a South African national park captured video of the moment a curious shark was chased away by a group of annoyed hippos.

The video, filmed by Stacey Farrell from Heritage Tours and Safaris and posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, shows the bull shark swimming close to a pod of about 10 hippopotamuses at Kruger National Park.

"While we were on a hippo and crocodile safari, we spotted a small bull shark swimming close to a pod of hippos. We stopped the boat along the bank, so we could watch hippos return to the water," Farrell wrote.

"Since hippos defecate in the water, this draws a lot of fish. If there are a lot of fish, it grabs the attention of the nearby sharks looking for a quick meal," she wrote.

Farrell said the shark, apparently disoriented due to the murky water, swam right into the group of hippos.

"This caused the hippos to get angry and start charging the shark. Luckily for the shark, it was much faster than the hippos and managed to swim away without serious damage," she wrote.

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