facebook
twitter
search
search

Shark bites off more than it can chew, had sea lion lodged in throat

Even sharks need to chew their food.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   July 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

PERTH, Australia, July 21 (UPI) -- Australian Department of Fisheries officials were surprised when they found a sea lion lodged in the throat of a great white shark after cutting it open.

Beachgoers saw the shark thrashing around in the water two days prior to it washing up on the shore on Coronation beach Thursday. They cut the shark open to find an Australian sea lion in its throat.

"This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behavior in shallow waters off Coronation Beach. It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage," said Principal Research Scientist Dr. Rory McAuley. "Such a large object may have damaged the shark's internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death. Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction."

The shark measured 13 feet long.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
'Very aggressive' turkey terrorizes University of Michigan campus
Lawsuit: Airline passenger injured from sitting by obese man
Mystery pooper targeting holes of Norwegian golf course
Former Pa. governor: A hot dog is a sandwich
Fisherman on a paddleboard lands 400-pound grouper