The great white shark bit off more than it could chew and choked to death on a huge sea lion it tried to swallow

The great white shark bit off more than it could chew and choked to death on a huge sea lion it tried to swallow

Great White’s Last Meal

A Great White shark was found washed ashore on Coronation Beach in Australia on Tuesday. This same shark was seen close to shore violently whipping and thrashing about days before it was found dead. While Great White sharks are often found living along shorelines, it was extremely unusual to spot one in such shallow waters.

It has been reported that unsure of why the shark was acting strangely, onlookers made attempts to move the shark farther out to sea, into deeper waters. It it now believed that the shark had been trying to dislodge the sea lion that was found stuck in it’s throat.

This 13 foot male shark had been tagged earlier in the year and is said to have no other oddities or visible injuries upon investigation after it’s death.

The sea lion in it’s throat, or the attempts to dislodge it seem to be the cause of death. An object of that size has the ability to block water flow to the shark’s gills, as well as cause damage to internal organs. It is also possible that the shark became stranded in a frantic attempt to dislodge the sea lion.

It is unclear as to how the shark choked on the sea lion, as sharks are such massive creatures. The strength of their jaws is astounding, and their mouths are filled with hundreds of teeth. Sea lions are not an uncommon food source for Great Whites, and are often hunted by these sharks along with seals, fish, and smaller sharks.

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The Great White’s death may serve to provide scientists with more knowledge on sharks as tissue and vertebral samples have been taken. These samples can be beneficial in genetic, ecological, and population assessment studies.

A video of the shark’s erratic behavior days before it washed ashore has gone viral.

Source:
Great white shark dies choking on sea lion
http://nypost.com/2014/07/17/great-white-shark-dies-choking-on-sea-lion/

Watch: moment before shark ‘chokes to death’ on sea lion
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28339886

shark chokes on sea lion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-17/great-white-shark-probably-choked-on-a-sea-lion2c-authorities-/5604410

shark chokes on sea lion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-17/great-white-shark-probably-choked-on-a-sea-lion2c-authorities-/5604410

Great White Shark
http://www.sharks-world.com/great_white_shark/