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Jaguar vs. Crocodile, Cougar vs. Bear, Shark vs. Octopus And 9 Other Epic Animal Showdowns (VIDEOS)

First Posted: 10/19/10 09:35 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

Whether at the top of the food chain or not, there comes a time when most predators have to meet their match, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Mother Nature has a wide array of fascinating creatures, and when two species come face-to-face in a fight for their survival, the ensuing battle can often be breathtaking, and the outcome is sometimes a shocking surprise.

Whether a mother cougar protecting her cubs from a grizzly bear, an octopus unwilling to submit to being easy prey for a shark, or even a giant centipede dueling with a tarantula, we've compiled 12 of the most epic animal showdowns captured on video.

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Shark Vs. Octopus
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An octopus might seem like easy prey for the seasoned hunting talents of a shark, but things aren't always as they seem... Jump to 1:35 to get straight to the action.
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