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Great White Shark Eaten Whole

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by in Articles, Environment | 1 comment

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Yahoo News reports:

t’s easy to forget how little we know about Earth. The deep sea, for instance, remains mostly unexplored. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise when scary questions present themselves, like, “What could have possibly eaten a three metre great white shark?”

As part of Australia’s first-ever large-scale tagging and tracking program for great whites, cinematographer Dave Riggs and a film crew found the perfect specimen. They named it “Shark Alpha” and successfully planted a tracking device on the three metre female.

Four months later, however, the tag washed up on the beach and was found by a passer-by. Riggs was puzzled by the data it contained. Alpha had plunged straight down the side of the continental shelf, more than 1,500 feet deep. While the temperature of ocean water drops considerably in deep water, the tag itself actually heated up, from 46 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees. That means the tag had to have been inside the belly of another animal. Alpha had been attacked, and consumed, but by what?

A Reddit post had the Internet’s eager theorists at work. Some suggested an orca or a giant squid could have been the culprit. While the answer isn’t certain, scientists think it is likely that due to a territorial dispute or extreme hunger, Alpha was eaten by another shark. They call the likely predator a “colossal cannibal great white shark,” a name that might scare more than a few people out of the water for good.

Still, we’re not ruling out a kraken.

1 Comment

  1. I wouldn’t think giant squid it would attack and take bites only…my theory is it was submarine or megladon a shark over 30 plus foot…and it actualy sences with its sensory organs the tag transmitting from the other shark…this giant shark being so big can scense more and more greatly…ive observed bull sharks 6 to 8ft attack the one that was tagged eat it whole or bite it in half….usualy happens where the salt is least consitrated in the water, and it doesn’t happen all the time but it happens it’s just a theory but I believe that this was a megladon or predatory shark presumably 30+ ft in length (9 metres)

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