'Mystery Monster' Eats Great White Shark
Researchers baffled when 9-foot shark gets gobbled up
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – What wolfs down a 9-foot great white shark like a steak dinner? That's what plagued researchers who had tagged a great white in Australia and found the tag washed up on a nearby beach four months later, Australia's News Network reports. Tag data showed a sudden 1,902-foot plunge and a quick increase in temperature, the latter indicating time spent in an animal's digestive system. "I was absolutely blown away," says filmmaker Dave Riggs in a documentary coming from the Smithsonian Institute, Hunt for the Super Predator (see some of it on YouTube).

SPOILER ALERT: Researchers theorized that the 9-footer was eaten by a "colossal cannibal great white shark." Huh? Well according to tracking data, the predator would be roughly 16 feet long and weigh more than 2 tons, reports Geekosystem. No one knows why the attack occurred, but it may have been a territorial issue or the big shark could have just been hungry, Gizmodo Australia reports. In the end, the film "settled on a hypothesis that makes the most sense to me," writes Casey Chan at Gizmodo Australia. "Big sharks eat little sharks." (More unusual news from the deep: Scientists have found a remarkable "underwater graveyard.")

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isitdoneyet
Jun 21, 2014 3:49 PM CDT
Could another shark, not so colossal, simply have bitten a chunk off of the tagged shark that happened to include the tag? The tag washes up, and scientists believe the entire shark had to have been swallowed? Hate to say it, but smells fishy to me. Yeah, I meant to do that too, even though it was just too easy.
slammer
Jun 13, 2014 8:15 PM CDT
just a snack for old gf!
Esteban Torres
Jun 11, 2014 6:18 AM CDT
It was sharknado!