Gory footage of a half-eaten shark has surfaced on the internet leaving the world in awe. A team of marine scientists have captured this extraordinary incident on tape off the coast of Mozambique 1-2 m below the ocean’s surface. The Shark with its lower body completely ripped apart is going on hunting for prey while the water around it has turned bloody.
The event is an example of shark-on-shark cannibalism.
How did the Incident Occur?
Dr Lebrato along with his team dropped a Blacktop Shark back in the water off the Spanish coast. However, within minutes, predators including Bull Sharks, weighing almost 300-400 KGs, gathered around it and attacked by capturing it from all sides. The aquatic predators ripped a huge chunk of its lower body and the blood coming out of it made the water bloody red.
The squad of marine scientists have noted that the shark was still alive even after such a brutal onslaught. The half-eaten carnivore continued to hunt for prey before it fell dead. The shark was floating around the team for almost 20 minutes. However, it died later on due to severe injury and blood loss.
The head of the team, 35-year-old Mario Lebrato told The Sun, “Sharks eat sharks, that is well known, but it is super difficult to film and document,”.
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Shark on Shark Cannibalism
Sharks attacking Sharks is not a rare phenomenon in nature. There have been several instances in the past of the same. Professor Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute for Marine Science said: “It’s not just one rogue shark attacking other sharks or even one species of a shark attacking other sharks. It’s lots of different sharks turning on each other.”
However, some scientists believe that the rate of such attacks has been increasing due to human intrusion.
The nets and the hook lines deployed underwater hook fishes as well as these giant attackers. As they get hooked in the nails, they send out a distress signal, which makes them perfect prey for hungry and healthy sharks around, fancying their next meal.
However, most scientists agree that humans aren’t the only reason Sharks attack each other. There are several pieces of evidence to show that these behaviours are more than 1000 years old. Professor Meekan also said: “That shows that 300 million years ago these were cannibal sharks.” “Shark on shark predation is a fundamental trait.”