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Something in the ocean is eating great white sharks

Something In The Ocean Is Eating Great White Sharks

Ever since the movie "Jaws" popularized great white sharks as predatory man-killers, people have had misconceptions about these animals. That is why researchers have been doing everything they can to learn as much about them before they are hunted to extinction.

Whether you're frightened of them or not, it's still unfortunate to learn that one less great white exists now.

Researchers were tagging great whites to study their movements. In the process, they tagged a nine-foot female, who left the area safely. Four months later, her tag was found on a beach near where she was first caught -- and the data tells a very interesting story.

"It showed this profile going down the shelf to 580 meters, then a huge temperature change ... another living animal," said a Smithsonian researcher.

Yes, it appears that the nine-foot great white was eaten. The big question? What ate her? Whatever it was, it had to be big enough to swallow almost 10 feet of apex predator, and quick enough to drag it almost 2,000 feet in a few seconds.

So, what is it? A giant squid? Godzilla? A Megalodon? Well, actually, that last one is not too far off from the real theory.

The Megalodon was a prehistoric shark, much like a great white ... but 60-feet long. Researchers don't actually believe it was a Megalodon, but they do think it was a giant shark: a great white about 16-feet long and weighing over 4,000 lbs. This deduction came from studying the migratory patterns of other great whites that happened to be in the same area as the missing shark with matching body temperatures.

Still, that is just a hypothesis for now. They still don't know for sure what ate this great white.

Interested in this wild story? You can watch the full documentary, called the "Hunt for the Super Predator," on the Smithsonian Channel on June 25th.

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eastedie June 11 2014 at 7:26 AM

I say it was Debbie Wasserman Schultz....her mouth is BIG!

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BOB June 11 2014 at 7:12 AM

Science told us several animals didn't exist or they were extinct ... The oceans are vast , so do they really know ? After all they cant even find a passenger airplane that's bigger than a Megladon

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spohncspohn June 11 2014 at 6:36 AM

can anyone verify the whereabouts of obama during this? bet it was his obamacare scared the shark to death then his cabinet ate the poor thing. just a theory, it could happen

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sports June 11 2014 at 8:10 AM

Was it Hilary

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tmccull52 June 11 2014 at 6:06 AM

Orcas, aka killer whales, have been known to prey upon white sharks. As a rule, they're generally even larger and heavier than white sharks, and would certainly be capable of killing one. Fairly recently, a video was shot of just such a thing. A large great white shark had been cruising by a vessel, and had drawn the attention of the passengers and crew. Then someone had noticed a female killer whale with her pup nearby.

Long story short, the killer whale attacked the great white and killed it. The liver of the shark, which was huge, was extricated by the killer whale, and then eaten by it, and the pup.

Studies have also shown that great whites tend to "disappear" when pods of orcas are in their general area. The sharks dive to depths that would be difficult for the orcas to successfully attain because of their need to surface for air. When the orcas move on, the great whites ascend again to shallower depths.

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fisherdude47 June 11 2014 at 9:08 AM

Nancy Pelosi eating out

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jchowell3657 June 11 2014 at 6:59 AM

Isn't it likely that this kind of thing happens a lot, and it just so happens that this time it was a shark with a monitoring device on it that was eaten?

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miztabiggzz jchowell3657 June 11 2014 at 11:21 AM

Maybe the device made the other animal attack it probably emitted some noise

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JOSEPH G MATTERA June 11 2014 at 6:19 AM


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Serian June 11 2014 at 5:52 AM

I'd say it's a toss up between Godzilla and Cthulu.

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Welcome MSGT June 11 2014 at 6:19 AM

Bush ate it.

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