Breaking News

Caught in Pictures: Shark Swallows Another Shark Whole
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Right off of the Great Keppel Island, near the southern Great Barrier Reef, a shark decided to devour another whole bamboo shark.

“The white bamboo shark appeared first, and as we came closer, we suddenly realized that its head was not hidden under a ledge, as is usual, but in the mouth of the very well-camouflaged wobbegong,” Daniela Ceccarelli. Ceccarelli is from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence (ARC) for Coral Reef Studies. She also said that “witnessing predation events like this is very rare.”

  
What
Where


The sharks were seen by Ceccarelli and David Williams, another member of ARC. The two were working on a fish census on August 1, 2011 when they noticed the sharks. The shark doing the eating in this photo is the tasseled wobbegong shark, which measures over four feet long. The prey was the 3.2 foot bamboo shark. The wobbegong shark operates using ambush tactics as it hides and waits for its prey before attacking at a very fast speed.

“It’s not unusual for them to prey on other sharks, especially small sharks such as the bamboo shark, as they forage for invertebrates on the seabed,” Ceccarelli said.

The two on the fish census starred at the two sharks for close to 30 minutes, with neither shark making a move during that timeframe. The bamboo shark was not further ingested by the wobbegong shark while the two in attendance looked on at the scene.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




“We didn’t observe the end of the predation event, but as the bamboo shark was most definitely dead, we assume that the wobbegong eventually consumed it,” Ceccarelli said.

Ceccarelli and Williams both said that for the wobbegong shark would have needed a couple of more hours to completely devour the bamboo shark. The researchers also said that wobbegong sharks have dislocating jaws and rear-pointing teeth that allow them to grasp onto its prey tightly and then swallow it whole.





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-level Litigation Attorney with motions experience

USA-WA-Seattle

Seattle office of our client seeks mid-level litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience, inclu...

Apply Now

Environmental /Land Use Attorney with 2-3 years of experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks environmental /land use attorney with 2-3 years of experien...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-5 years of insurance defense experience

USA-FL-Jacksonville

Jacksonville office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 2-5 years of previous insurance def...

Apply Now

Attorney with 5+ years of complex litigation experience

USA-MI-Detroit

Detroit office of our client seeks attorney with 5+ years of complex litigation experience. The cand...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Burned Out by Big Law? We Should Talk! Innovative Cloud-Based Firm is Growing in Austin!

USA-TX-Austin

Are you a current or former Big Law attorney (refugee?) who\'s feeling burned out, beaten down ...

Apply now

Seeking Tax Partner with Big Law experience and $200k+ portables (DAL, AUS, HOU)

USA-TX-Dallas

Feeling burned out at Big Law? Culhane Meadows PLLC is one of the largest non-conventional law firms...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-CO-Grand Junction

Small downtown Grand Junction general practice law firm seeks full time associate. Experience in dom...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-CA-Santa Monica

Paralegal / Entry-Level Junior Attorney position available at boutique entertainment law firm in San...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top