Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Cannibalism does happen.


Methinks it's a mistake.
I've seen it happen twice at Shark Reef - once when two Bulls homed in simultaneously on a Tuna head falling from the suspended bin, once when there was a bit of a kerfuffle about who would first get a head from Rusi. Both Sharks were bitten on the head, with everybody hearing a loud crunch - but they appeared rather unfazed and continued feeding, and did turn back up on subsequent days.

Anyway, lucky, spectacular footage!


Megalobomb said...

Yep, two sharks - one bait. It happens.

Shark Diver said...

Normally the smaller shark turns away, but when they are focused on the bait, it happens that they don't see each other. Most the time they catch it in time and the smaller shark bolts.

It looks like the bigger shark didn't really bite down hard, another thing I've observed. If the sharks are of similar size, the bites are typically much more aggressive. Large sharks don't seem to mind the little ones all that much.

Shark Diver said...

Is it just me, or is the picture on top photo shopped? It looks like the lower bite is not quite right, plus the angle of the shark with the mouth open doesn't match the bite on top.

Shark Diver said...

Just found this via tineye

It actually looks like the shark that is bitten is 2 sharks molded together. Note the line and color change, behind the head.

It also looks like the bitten shark is on some sort of a platform and the splashing white water in the lower bite is the exact shape of a shark, not the mouth, but head and pectoral fins.

DaShark said...

The pic @ the top IS photoshopped!

The original pic, dunno - if I remember correctly there was more than one pic, at a different angle.

DaShark said...

But best go ask your friend Ralph - he's an EXPERT in such things!