WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A great white shark was caught on video nearly biting a 12-foot rival in two in a horrifying act of ‘cannibalism.’
- The footage was captured for National Geographic’s WILD new series Cannibal Sharks that shows predators preying on their own kind in the wild.
- For some sharks, cannibalism begins in the womb, meaning that as soon as the oldest embryo develops eyes and teeth it can devour its siblings in the womb.
A great white shark was caught on video nearly biting a 12-foot rival in two in a horrifying act of ‘cannibalism.’
The footage was captured for National Geographic’s WILD new series ‘Cannibal Sharks’ that shows predators preying on their own kind in the wild.
The video shows a bigger shark attacking a 12-foot long great white near a boat. The smaller shark was left with two major wounds — one on its back and a massive bite out of the middle of its body.
Mark Meekan, a professor at the Australian Institute for Marine Science, told ‘Cannibal Sharks’ that all sharks are cannibals.
“This is an enormous shark. It’s 12-feet long but look at the size of that bite, it’s absolutely massive,” he said. ”That’s an immense amount of power you need to take a bite out of another shark like that – you have to be pretty big yourself.”
Meekan added: “These things are apex predators for good reason.
Photo Credit: National Geographic
‘Cannibal Sharks’ hears more and more mutilated dead sharks are being pulled out of the ocean around Australia’s Gold Coast. In some instances, only the bloody severed heads remain.
A new study finds that sharks have been eating each other for thousands of years.
According to The Mirror, an examination of fossilized feces taken from the prehistoric orthacanthus – a shark that swam the oceans 300 million years ago – found it contained fossilized baby shark teeth.
“That shows that 300m years ago these were cannibal sharks. Shark on shark predation is a fundamental trait,” Professor Meekan said.
Shockingly, cannibalism begins in the womb. This was discovered by scientists who were baffled when female sand tiger sharks only give birth to two pups when in fact they have two wombs — which often conceives six or seven embryos in each womb at once.
With the use of scanning technology and DNA breakthroughs, they have found out that the embryos are often sired by different fathers at different times. As soon as the oldest embryo develops eyes and teeth it can start to devour its siblings inside the womb.
Cannibalism for a sand tiger shark continues throughout its life. In 2016, marine biologists were shocked when a well-fed captive sand tiger shark began to eat its tank mate.