Sharks are not generally known for their cannibalism, but when it’s a question of defending their territory, things can get ugly. An aquarium in South Korea has announced that its biggest shark has eaten another shark, in what it has been described as a “turf war”.
The eight-year-old female sand tiger shark, measuring 2.2metres (7.2ft), attacked a five-year-old male banded houndshark, which measured 1.2metres (3.9ft) – and reportedly devoured him bite by bite. The attack is said to have happened early on Jan 28, Thursday evening and, about 10 minutes later, the female was filmed swimming around the tank with the body of her former companion hanging from her mouth. Some 21 hours later only the tip of the tail remained.
The aquarium said the tail is expected to stay in the shark’s mouth for about four to five days. Unable to digest the creature, she will then regurgitate it after about a week. “Sharks have their own territory. However, sometimes when they bump against each other, they bite out of astonishment,” COEX aquarium PR manager Oh Tae-youp said. “I think the shark swallowed the whole body, because they usually eat it all when they bite the head part.”
Japanese aquarium staff horrified by shark that went cannibalistic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTQwDPNqEhY
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