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Bald Eagle Bags a Big One, Enjoys a Shore Lunch

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This bald eagle didn't need 1,000 casts, just its talons and some determination. Check out the muskie it landed!

There's always an extra bit of awe when you see a bald eagle in the wild. Though it's undeniable and important in its role as national bird, it isn't just a symbol--it's a damn cool critter, too.

We know they enjoy fish now and again, especially in the northern parts of the United States. Portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin are almost crawling with bald eagles during certain parts of the year, but spotting one doing this is in the "not your everyday occurrence" category.

According to the Star Tribune, Dan and Andy Goff left Afton Marina on the St. Croix River, when they saw something floating in the water. Further investigation revealed it was a bald eagle.

You can't blame the boaters for assuming something was up.

"At first, from a distance, we thought it was injured, maybe even a seagull, but when we got closer we could see it was a bald eagle riding on something," Dan Goff told the Star Tribune.

You can see the muskie attempt to flop back into the water, only to have the beak and talon of the eagle drag it right back into its clutches.

If that wasn't enough, the bird was in the same spot, halfway through its meal when the Goffs returned.

The first video was viewed almost 500,000 times in the first 12 hours it was posted on Twitter.

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Bald Eagle Bags a Big One, Enjoys a Shore Lunch