Northern pike are known by many names—jackfish, ‘gator, snake—or, hammer-handle and snot rocket, for juvenile forms of the fish. But when pike grow to a size where just about any living thing that swims in or on the water becomes potential prey to them, one nickname –slew shark—fits best.
The moniker perfectly describes this pike, interrupted in the middle of its web-footed lunch. It’s unclear why the big fish allowed the people in the inflatable boat to approach so close. Perhaps its weak hold on the bird caused it to have to stop and consider its next move.
Its skinny body compared to the head makes the pike look underfed and under nourished. If true, the fish was more likely just gathering its strength before pushing the attack. In which case, we sincerely hope it was able to close the deal.