Tarpon and sharks feast on millions of grey mullet

Off the coast of Florida, cold currents carry millions of grey mullet to their spawning grounds farther south. Despite beachgoers, the fish hug the shores to avoid predators in the deeper waters. But predators still find them.

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In this clip from the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, blacktip sharks, pelicans, and large tarpon feast on the grey mullet.

The hungry hunters barely make a dent, but the scene is impressive, especially when the silvery tarpon turn on their sides to avoid the pre-strike attention of their prey.

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Being in a swarm of small fish can be tough. Watch these feeding frenzies next:
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Sardine Feeding Frenzy: Whale, Shark, Dolphin, Sea Lion
• The Gathering Swarms: Sardine Run off the coast of South Africa

Plus: Why do fish school?

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