Astonishing moment an ‘unlucky’ fish thought it had wriggled free from nets… only to be swallowed by a pelican


Dinner time: This fish had a lucky escape from the nets of a fishing boat only to be gobbled up by an opportunist pelican. The mullet had broken free of a fisherman's net only to swim straight into the path of a pelican

This stunning underwater photo is a graphic reminder that in nature if you escape one predator the next is never far away.
Having evaded a fisherman's net this mullet fish is gobbled up whole by a brown pelican hunting in the waters around the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.
Spotting an opportunity the peckish pelican opens it gaping bill to scoop up its supper, swallowing the fish whole. Professional photographer Tui de Roy took the amazing underwater snap in the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific.
Mr de Roy, 58, from Takaka, New Zealand, said: 'Pelicans use their long beaks to catch fish and come alongside fishing boats to nab discarded fish.

No turning back: The stunning underwater photo was taken by professional photographer Tui de Roy in the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean

'I figured that if I waited in the water next to a fishing boat hauling its net in a sandy bay, I might get lucky.
'It all happened in a split second just as I snapped the perfect frame - I'd been dreaming of this shot for years.'

source: dailymail