They say love has no bounds, but what has been documented in a series of images has left hundreds of Internet users stunned, as an otter makes loving gestures towards an aquatic organism that is extremely different from its species and even considered a predator.
A horn shark and a sea otter were caught in an exceedingly amorous position. This is the first time something like this has been seen in the wild, and everyone is wondering if the otter was just having fun with the shark or if he was plotting his next big meal.
The meter-long horn shark was held between the paws of the sea otter above the surface of California’s Morro Bay. Specialists are unsure of the otter’s intentions with the shark at this time, but they assume it was by his side out of curiosity.
According to Michael D. Harris of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “to my knowledge (and that of a group of colleagues), this is the first reported catch of a horn shark with a sea otter.”
Given that otters eat tiny vertebrates like starfish and sea urchins, what happened is particularly unusual. Sharks, in reality, prey on sea otters, contributing to their population fall.
Bathers Don Henderson and Alice Cahill captured the shocking images, casting doubt on the otters’ behavior, which had previously been shown to feed on rays and manta rays.
“There have been stories of rays and manta rays being taken by sea otters, but this is the first account of a shark.” Sea otters eat fish, but it’s an unusual sighting in California,” the Sea Otter Savvy stated.
Don and Alice couldn’t help but observe the otter’s paws curled around the shark as it was held on its breast. In another shot, he appears to be kissing the shark, and in a third, the two are face to face.
“They’re star-crossed lovers, and nothing can persuade me otherwise,” one social media user said.