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.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Great white shark attacks underwater cage with diver inside
Dolphin breaks woman's ankles after jumping into family boat
Worker who stole veterans' gravestones to plead guilty
U.S. robot builders challenge Japan to all-out duel
Obama disagrees with the New York Times suggestion to add peas to guacamole