1,000lb great white shark was bitten by something even bigger, researchers say
An injured 1,000-pound great white shark was attacked by an even bigger creature, researchers found, according to Newsweek. After the almost 13-foot creature was pulled from the ocean, the team discovered bite marks on its body. Photos of the injured shark were later posted to Facebook by OCEARCH.
Vimy, found off the coast of Nova Scotia, measured at 12 ft 9 inches, and so was slightly smaller than the average member of its species, which typically grows to between 15 and 20ft. According to McClatchy, the shark weighed 1,164-lbs.
This is the astonishing moment a rarely-seen prehistoric shark - with relatives dating back to 200 million years ago - devours its prey:
Based on the size of the teeth marks and jaw span of the injuries, it was estimated that the shark's attacker was at least 2 feet longer than its victim, Chris Fischer from OCEARCH told McClatchy.
"It was clear that something had just grabbed his entire head," he said. "It was a very large animal that grabbed it, something significantly bigger... anything that can grab an animal like that by the head is pretty impressive".
Alarming footage featuring a great white shark attacking its prey, and causing the sea to turn red as a result, has shocked viewers:
Along with the images, OCEARCH spoke about the "tough world" that sharks live in, in spite of their status as apex predators:
"White sharks live in a tough world. Need proof? Check out white shark Vimy’s head. He appears to have two big bite marks from what we suspect are encounters with other sharks. You can see one is pretty well-healed but the other is very fresh. Vimy is the newest shark up on the Tracker for everyone to follow."
This rare footage shows the two sharks tearing chunks out of each other with their jaws, in waters off Australia's Gold Coast:
According to Newsweek, the animal was examined, tagged, and released back into the North Atlantic Ocean.