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Vicious Cookiecutter shark strikes

'Jaws Strikes Back': The Vicious Cookiecutter Shark

At 20 inches long with a substantially large jaw for a shark of its size, the Cookiecutter shark is lethally vicious.



While only one Cookiecutter has ever been seen in Guadalupe, their bites are unmistakable.

In the video above, researcher Mauricio Hoyos and Discovery Channel's Greg Somal inspected the wounds these sharks inflicted on a few seals on Guadalupe Island.

Both immediately spot a female elephant seal with the distinct and perfectly round bite of a Cookiecutter shark. The shark's incredibly deep attack looked just like -- you guessed it-- a cookie, hence its name.

And at almost 17 cm in diameter, the the bites are likely very painful, as the shark's teeth twist and remove a block of the victim's skin.

Interestingly enough, Hoyos once counted 54 bites in just one female elephant seal. More often, however, he will see two or more bites in dolphins, fish and even white sharks.

They've even attacked people, which made Hoyos and Somal hesitant to get in the water.

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dwtomczyk August 12 2014 at 6:49 AM

did they poll multiple bite victims to reach this conclusion?

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cqdeed August 12 2014 at 8:11 AM

Without weapons and armor man loses his status as top predator when he enters the oceans.

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maceandemma cqdeed August 12 2014 at 12:48 PM

Our mind makes us the top predator. Our mind is the greatest and most terrible weapon.

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dexrmerritt August 12 2014 at 8:23 AM

why go around the world and pissin' off exotic animals and ;'fish' they are on the food chain and most cases higher than humans when pist off in the natural environment...

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rocket88coupe August 12 2014 at 9:04 PM

do my swimming in the shower,theres things in the ocean that will eat you,sting you or just make life terrable

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syntheticlubeguy rocket88coupe August 14 2014 at 7:13 PM

I don't jump into my pool at night unless a block of C4 goes in first. You can never be too careful.

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burton99x August 12 2014 at 10:36 AM

exterminate....

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belldn3 August 12 2014 at 9:34 PM

DAMN!

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CPA11973 August 12 2014 at 9:50 PM

look at those pearly whites. think i'll bring one home because my wife does such a lousy job baking cookies. Their shape is undefineable.

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cayce58 August 12 2014 at 9:00 PM

Piranha do the same thing. Big fish in the Amazon have the scars. User friendly, the fish doesn't die.

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'57mad August 12 2014 at 8:26 PM

and? now we know why women get paid less for doing the same jobs. a shark bite that takes a mans leg and arm is just a few stitches. and? shows we have a good? economy. I say feed those two women to the sharks.

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lyzhanna August 12 2014 at 5:15 PM

Sharks are fascinating creatures that have certainly specialized in many varieties to fill various important niches in the marine habitat. They are so vital to a healthy ocean, and its sad so few people are willing to understand humans are FAR more dangerous to sharks than they will EVER be to us.

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