24/05/2012 15:00 BST | Updated 24/05/2012 15:23 BST

Tiger Sharks Devour 300kg Marlin Leaving Fishermen With Just A Head (VIDEO)

This group of fishermen looked set to land the prize of their lives as they prepared to haul in a giant marlin.

But they were forced to return from their Cairns coast fishing trip empty-handed, after a gang of tiger sharks swooped in and stole their catch.

As the waters churned up following hours of battling to bring it on board, the giant fish was torn to shreds before their very eyes.


The video, posted on Live Leak, features one of the men suggesting the marlin would have weighed around 300kg had it still been intact.

A bloodied head was all that remained after the predators had had their way, but as one fisherman conceded, at least there was enough left: "To hang on the wall."

"Don't get into the water now boys," remarked another. Quite.

Click below for a gallery of stunning shark images, provided by University of Miami shark researcher Dr Neil Hammerschlag

Sharks: Up Close And Personal