WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A body of a great white shark was discovered tangled up in netting off the coast of Japan after it choked to death on a sea turtle.
- A series of grisly images posted online showed the lifeless shark covered in blood with half its prey trapped between its jaws.
- The great white reportedly weighed 4,500 pounds (over 2,000 kg).
Fisherman Greg Vella posted a series of shocking images online on Friday showing the body of a great white shark after it choked to death on a sea turtle off the coast of Japan.
The gruesome photographs show the 4,500-pound creature covered in blood while the front of its prey remains ensnared between its terrifying jaws.
Vella explained that the lifeless shark was discovered tangled up in netting.
He recounted: “I was out commercial ‘Ken Ken’ style fishing for tuna when I heard chatter on the radio that there was a white shark swimming around with a big sea turtle in [its] mouth.
“People started to joke about it, so I did not pay it any more attention. Then next day, it was found dead, near the bait receivers, tangled in some netting.
“The captains I interviewed who saw the mighty shark the day before, said it looked close to death, as it could not dislodge the giant turtle.”
Vella posted the photographs on April 19, 2019, to the page of Facebook group Commercial Salmon, Albacore & Crab Fishers. His post has been shared more than 9,000 times so far.
The 4,500-pound great white shark is not even the biggest of its kind to hit the ocean waters. That title belongs to the nearly 50-year-old shark named Deep Blue, who weighs 2.5 tons and measures 20 feet long.
The beast, which was last spotted in Hawaii earlier this year, has been fitted with a tracker in 2013 in Mexico to allow divers to identify it.
A Discovery Channel diver Mauricio Hoyos Padilla got to name the creature and swim with it as part of a Shark Week documentary.
According to National Geographic, great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on earth. They can grow up to 15 feet in length, with some, like Deep Blue, exceeding 20 feet in length and weighing up to 5,000 pounds.
Source: Daily Mail