You have the fish right next to the boat and out of nowhere in comes this apex predator that you have no chance in avoiding.
Bald eagles are one of the impressive and majestic animals out there, raptors of the sky, so there’s a good reason they are the symbol of power, strength and freedom for an entire nation.
Unlike many other animals in their habitats, female bald eagles are actually about 25% larger than males, and can weigh anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds. Males on the other hand, come in at about 6 to 9 pounds. Their height generally ranges from about 28 to 38 inches, with a wingspan between 5 and 8 feet.
A predator that loves hanging around waterbodies, their eyes (which see 8x better than humans) allow them to spot out prey up to two miles away. This helps them spot out fish in the water a long way off so they can come in and get a quick meal from above.
This can sometimes frustrating as a fisherman if the eagle comes down and catches a fish right in front of you after hours of trying. But, still amazing nonetheless.
Here in Alaska, this eagle is seen swooping in right next to a boat full of fellas out for a day of fishing.
The slow motion video captures the eagle getting lower and lower, then absolutely hamming the water to snatch the fish.
As he flies away, you realize the fish is still attached to the fishermen’s line, and he flips over the bail on his spinning rod to let the line free.
A number of comments on the video accused the fisherman of baiting the eagle, and thereby increasing the likelihood that the eagle will possibly choke on the hook. But it’s impossible to tell with such a short clip that’s also in slow-motion (making the actual length even shorter).
Either way, that’s a hard one to complain about as it’s a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.