While fishing in British Columbia on Friday, Ashton Phillips caught more than fish after noticing that a bald eagle was circling his boat.
“I saw this one eagle kind of circling and it was along the shoreline, so I took out my camera to snap a picture of it,” said Phillips, who is co-owner of Crab Park Chowdery in Vancouver. “All of a sudden out of nowhere, it started heading toward the boat.”
He dropped everything, including the salmon strips he was cutting to bait halibut, to film the magnificent bird as it flew straight at his boat. He was shocked when the creature made off with the salmon he’d been cutting.
“I didn’t even realize it was coming for the big chunk of salmon until obviously it snagged it and flew off,” said Phillips. “It was a pretty surreal experience.”
Phillips posted the amazing footage to Facebook where it quickly went viral, garnering more than 1.1 million views and was shared 26,000 times. People are describing the video of the bird as “beautiful” and “epic.”
Surprised by how much attention his video has gotten, Phillips was initially worried that he’d get in trouble for it. “Everybody’s been very, very positive about it,” he said. “I thought maybe people would start saying, ‘well, you guys baited it, you’re feeding the wildlife,’ but we didn’t. And it hasn’t gone down the negative road, so it’s nice to see people just really enjoyed the video.”
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