Great white sharks bite chunks out of each other in a frenzied attack
The two sharks can be seen lunging at each other and baring their teeth as they thrashed around in the water.
The incredible scenes air in National Geographic WILD’s shocking new show Cannibal Sharks which is airing next week as part of its annual Sharkfest extravaganza, which investigates rising reports of the apex predators preying on their own kind.
Although the footage is incredibly rare, Professor Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute for Marine science reveals in the program that all sharks are actually cannibals.
He said, “It’s not just one rogue shark attacking other sharks or even one species of the shark attacking other sharks, it’s lots of different sharks turning on each other.”
Another gruesome photograph shows a 12-foot long great white shark corpse, almost sliced in half by two major bites, removing most of the middle of the shark’s body.
Professor Meekan has a theory about why this is happening and believes it’s to do with measures to keep the hungry predators away from swimmers.
As part of the Gold Coast’s safety measures, nets and baited hook lines are being deployed. Once a shark gets hooked by these, it sends out distress signals which are then picked up by other sharks who fancy a quick snack.
“That’s an immense amount of power you need to take a bite out of another shark like that – you have to be pretty big yourself”.
”If I was a betting man, I might even pick another great white shark for that one. These things are apex predators for good reason.”
Cannibal sharks are just one in a series of shark documentaries that National Geographic Wild has made for their seventh annual shark fest.
A full week of incredible shark programming from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st July.
An examination of fossilized excrement from the prehistoric orthacanthus – a shark that swam the oceans 300 million years ago – found it contained fossilized baby shark teeth.