Scientist records footage of “half-eaten zombie shark” after cannibal attack.
The Spanish scientist Dr. Mario Lebrato has captured footage of an oceanic blacktip shark off the coast of Mozambique that was still hunting for prey despite missing a large part of its body in what he believed was an incident of shark-on-shark cannibalism .
Movies like jaw have often “scared people back into the water,” but now it seems that sharks must start to fear one another.
Lebrato and his team left the shark back in the Indian Ocean, but shortly after it was back in the water, the shark was attacked by a school of other predators – which the expert said included several bull sharks that can weigh around 300-400 kilograms.
The attack made the shark miss a large part of its body, but it was still swimming around as usual, looking for fresh food. Unfortunately, after swimming for 20 minutes, the shark eventually succumbed to its injuries and died.
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Speak with The sunLebrato said: “Sharks eat sharks, that’s well known, but it’s super hard to film and document.”
Experts believe that these types of cannibal attacks were due to sharks being plagued with nets and bait hooks that humans use to protect other people from the underwater predators.
According to Professor Mark Meekan of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, every time a shark becomes addicted it sends out distress signals that make it easier for other sharks to prey on.
Meekan highlights a 2018 incident involving a battle between two great white sharks: “It’s not just a rogue shark that attacks other sharks, or even a species of shark that attacks other sharks. There are many different sharks that turn on each other.
“Shark-on-shark predation is a fundamental quality. 300 million years ago they were cannibal sharks. “