Mystery of the Hawk Taking Shark For a Ride Solved, Probably

Turns out they were likely neither a hawk nor a shark.
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The last Sharknado movie is here! Well, they kind of promised the last one was, indeed the last one with the title "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" but apparently, life somehow imitates art.

Tennessee native Ashley White shot a video of a bird carrying a large fish struggling to set itself free. The video was shot in Myrtle Beach, California, White was on the 17th floor at the time. It's hard to imagine what it must be like coming across such a view when you're on holiday. 

While the species of both the bird and the fish is not determined 100% some speculated that the bird may be a condor but this was dissipated too as condors are not a bird of prey.

People also initially thought the fish a shark but others disproved and said it was likely not a shark. Some experts on twitter seem to believe that this may be a ladyfish (or elops). 

The name of the osprey comes from Latin with "os" (as in osteoporosis) meaning bone and "frangō" (think fracture)  meaning break. So we can say that the bird's name literally translates to "bone crusher".

A similar video was captured by Twitter user Dylan Mellor earlier this April.

 The video was shared by The Asylum, the studio behind Sharknado film-series, also shared the video with a humorous take as well.

On a side note, while we said that ospreys are not hawks, you may know them as "fish hawks" colloquially. They belong to a different family than the other hawk species and are known to mostly feed on fish. They are also considered indicator species because of this, which means that if they disappear from an area, the fish population there is most likely either sick or poisoned.

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