Turtle-y awesome: Rare footage shows ingenious turtle evade tiger shark jaws

This ingenious turtle evades the jaws of a hungry tiger shark by swimming in circles.

In the rare video, the clever reptile turns on its side to make itself too big for the prowling predator’s mouth.

To help confuse the salivating shark even more, the turtle swims in tight circles around the giant fish.

The fascinating footage was shot off the Cocos Islands, off Costa Rica, by Randall Arouz.

This ingenious turtle evades the jaws of a hungry tiger shark by swimming in circles

This ingenious turtle evades the jaws of a hungry tiger shark by swimming in circles

Randall, from Florida, USA, said: “The turtles have to have certain strategies to avoid being eaten.

“Firstly, the shark will swim at it, mouth wide open horizontally and its teeth can puncture the shell.

“To balance this, the turtle will turn on its side, creating a shield and making it too big for the jaws.

“Secondly, it stays near so the shark can’t turn sharp enough to catch the turtle.”

Randall is president of Pretoma Marine Life Discovery and caught the footage by accident while surveying the Pacific Ocean around the island.

The Floridian said: “It was really difficult to film as the water was really choppy.

“Also, we had to shoot the video blind from above the surface rather than getting in there with the animals.”

Pretoma is a non-profit organization based in Costa Rica which works towards the conservation of marine life.

Their Sea Watch Shark Boat is currently patrolling illegal fishing practices off the Central American country which endanger the lives of both sharks and turtles.