Beachgoers in Florida were shocked to discover the haunting remains of a half-eaten shark that had washed ashore over the weekend.
Wildlife officials estimate that the creature, which was found off the coast of the city of New Smyrna Beach, had been five feet long prior to the encounter that killed it.
Indeed, in perhaps the most unsettling aspect of the story, the normally fearsome shark was apparently seen as easy prey to something much larger lurking in the ocean.
Some residents have even suggested that the creature had fallen victim to a massive great white shark known to Katherine that earned some measure of fame after oceanographers tagged and tracked the beast.
While we may never know if Katherine truly was responsible for the death of the New Smyrna Beach shark, the incident is a stark reminder that, when it comes to fearsome creatures, there’s clearly plenty of other fish in the sea.
HALF EATEN SHARK DISCOVERED ON FLORIDA BEACH
Wildlife officials were called the site off the coast of the city of New Smyrna Beach where they investigated the animal where it had been discovered. The experts estimated that the shark would have been approximately five feet in length before the encounter with the unknown creature that had killed it. They suggested that the animal which killed the shark would have had to be significantly larger than the formidable shark that washed up on the beach. Some local residents have suggested that the shark might have been the victim of a huge great white shark which has been named ‘Katharine’ which is known to lurk on the shores of Cape Cod.
However, this may not be the case. Great white sharks have known to prey on other sharks, but cannibalism between these animals tends to occur in utero rather than when the shark is fully grown. It is believed that great white sharks eat each other in the womb to ensure they are given full attention from their mothers once they are born. Cannibalism among sharks after this period is not as well documented. Killer whales, otherwise known as orcas, have been known to hunt and eat sharks but they are not particularly prevalent in this particular region of the Pacific Ocean. A form of whale that is more common to this area is the formidable sperm whale. These whales are known to be highly aggressive and dangerous killers who were made famous by the nineteenth-century novel ‘Moby Dick’.