Oct
27
2009

Mega Shark Versus … giant shark.

It's smiling!: But wait until it gets bitten in half.
It's smiling!: But wait until it gets bitten in half.Courtesy Pterantula
Not much to say here other than… Holy Smokes! Check his out: a huge shark bitten in half by an even huger shark!

Shark fishermen in Queensland Australia pulled a ten-foot great white from a baited drum line to discover that the shark had been nearly bitten in half by an even bigger shark. Again, take a look. And the 10-footer was still alive when they pulled it into the boat. (Yowza.)

The think that the larger shark was also a great white, and that it might be as large as 20 feet long. A shark that size weighs about 4,400 pounds. There’s been some debate regarding the maximum size of a great white, but 20 feet is probably about as large as they can get. (In the late 19th century and early 20th century, there were reports of sharks caught that measured over 30 feet, but reexamination indicated that they were probably significantly shorter.) At any rate, the shark in Jaws (I think its name was Eustace) was supposed to be 25 feet long, so 20 feet is nothing to sneeze at. Unless huge sharks make you sneeze.

Happy shark attack Tuesday!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Julia's picture
Julia says:

I think the name of the one in Jaws was Bruce. Geez, I guess I am not exactly up to snuff on my ichthyology, but I do not see how that shark could still have been alive.

posted on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 4:06pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I think Bruce was Eustace's mother.

Yeah, I don't think that shark could have been very alive, but it looks like its gills were still there, and its spine hadn't been severed, and maybe the had only just recently happened. I don't really know how drum lines work. (Except for the movie Drum Line. I figured that out pretty quickly. It worked sort of like Bring It On.)

I just chalk it up to "fish are weird."

posted on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:38pm

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