Sharks are the most feared predators in the ocean. It”s pretty hard to imagine what could possibly spell the end for a shark. Though, in recent years, Australians have become familiar with a predator that has been taking out sharks one by one, and you”ll never guess what it is…
This news story details a shark attacking another shark and nearly biting it in half! Many Australians feared that it was a “mega-shark,” rumored to be about 16 feet in length. But what type of shark could grow that large?!
Great White Shark
The smallest of the sharks on this list, but by far the most legendary in terms of its viciousness, the great white shark has become a notorious predator of the ocean. They average around 11-13 feet long, with the largest ever recorded being roughly 20 feet long. It”s not outside the realm of possibility that we could be seeing some great white-on-great white violence here.
Whale sharks are considerably larger than great whites. They can measure anywhere between 25 feet to 40 feet long, and can weigh more than 20 metric tons. Interestingly enough, they aren”t seen as carnivorous compared to great whites. Their diet mainly consists of macroalgae, plankton, krill, Christmas Island red crab larvae, and small squid. So we can rule this guy out of the whole “which shark nearly ate through another shark?” equation.
The megalodon is an ancient breed of shark that was rumored to have terrorized the seas during prehistoric times. They”re estimated to be about 90 feet in length, though this estimation is hard to prove; the only fossils found of this beast are of its large teeth. Though they are thought to be extinct, there isn”t enough evidence to support that they have been completely wiped off the face of the planet. It”s possible that a megalodon could still be out there, munching on smaller great white sharks.
I don”t care if it”s one of the smallest great white sharks ever recorded. I don”t want to be in the water with any of them! Yeah, sure, the whale shark is supposed to be much more friendly, but I wouldn”t want to be swimming in the ocean with those behemoths. And don”t get me started on the megalodons…