Online commenters are calling this a classic example of blast, or flash, freezing, a phenomenon in which cold air cools water far below its freezing point in a short amount of time. This pike likely choked on the bass it was eating and was floating on the surface of the water—the bass was lighter and subsequently floated above instead of beside the pike—when the water froze solid.

Some have suggested the pike broke through the ice when it attacked, the resulting predator-prey combo holding firm as the hole refroze. That seems far-fetched considering even an inch of ice would be too thick for the average pike to bust through, but who knows?