It's a shark-eat-shark world, as an Australian fisherman discovered this week.
While fishing for small shark off the coast of New South Wales, Trapman Bermagui, also known as Jason, hooked a bronze whaler shark, which was promptly eaten by a colossal mako.
Before the huge shark could be in, however, it fell prey to even bigger creature, which devoured all but the shark's head.
" We didn't see what the word was, "Jason customs CNN, estimating that the intact shark would have" at least "550 pounds. The head alone weighs about 220 pounds, he said.
When the crew cut the meat from the head, they found another surprise: the detached bill of a marlin, embedded in the flesh, which Jason speculated was the result of " a battle years ago. ”The find highlighted the“ amazing healing powers of the shark, ”he wrote on Facebook.
Looking at the size of the shark – and the bite taken out of it mako fell victim to some gargantuan ocean predator, one better suited to a Hollywood disaster movie.
That might not have been the case, however. Jason speculated that the culprit was a tiger shark, counting CNN: "There's so many around the moment."
Tiger sharks are among the largest sharks in the ocean, according to Australia's Great Barrier Reef Foundation, growing to 10-16 feet long and weighing 800-1,500 pounds.
Clive Trueman, associate professor of marine ecology at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, said the macro was probably unusually vulnerable because it was caught on the hook.
hooked, the struggles of a shark (or other fish) are likely to attract sharks and other predators, ”he told CNN. "Tyler Bowling, program manager at the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, customs" CNN was probably attacked by a large white shark or similar.
Alarming as the photo may look, there's no cause for panic, according to Bowling. "This type of thing happens a couple of times a year," he said.