While the 1975 film Jaws had us already wary of the ocean with the title character being a killer Great White Shark, apparently even these predators have a reason to fear their breed. This discovery will have you second guess your next dip!
Just off of North Stradbroke Island in Queensland Australia, a three meter Great White Shark was found caught in a drum line. The shark was found with two huge bites in it by what could only be a bigger Great White Shark.
With two giant bites on each side of the shark, the shark carcass was almost torn in two. With the shark that was caught already being that of a substantial fish, the Great White that bit in would have to have been twice the size.Hugh Edwards, a shark expert, stated, ‘That cannibal thing is what Great Whites do, they’ll eat anything, including their own kind.’ He also suggests that it would not be sensible to swim in that area as the monster shark could still be lurking.
Beachgoers of the area showed their concern with one woman stating, ‘If they’re going to grab something as big as another shark, they’re definitely going to grab something like my daughter.’ Another woman felt strongly on the subject insisting that if the shark is still out there that people should not be swimming near the area.
The predator is estimated to be around 6 meters long. It’s a scary thought to think that if this shark carcass had not been caught in the floating drum line, that swimmers nearby might not have known about the predator until it was too late.
The state government says that the shark nets and drum lines are here to stay after this incident. The nets have previously been a problem due to young whales getting caught but for now the nets will remain to ensure safety of beachgoers. After seeing that shark, we can’t imagine that anyone would want to go swimming for awhile!