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A huge 1,164-pound white shark caught in the North Atlantic waters has researchers asking themselves a question that baffles them: What could have bitten the head of this 12-foot-nine-inch predatory machine?
What some think is that it is an even larger shark, a much larger shark.
“It is clear that something bit his head,” said Chris Fischer, founder and chief executive of OCEARCH, to the McClatchy News Group.
Fischer said the teeth and jaw marks indicate that the aggressor was about two feet larger than his victim.
A similar monster was almost captured by OCEARCH scientists in the same area this month, Fischer said. A 17-foot male shark escaped before a tracker could be installed in the body.
If OCEARCH had succeeded, the shark would have been in the largest shark ever captured in the region by the agency. OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization, has tagged more than 400 animals in the past 12 years, a database that shows that sharks use the east coast as a highway from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The severely injured shark was captured on October 4 during an expedition to mark white sharks in Nova Scotia and then be tracked by satellite. Vimy was baptized, and since then, the tracking indicates that he has travelled more than 600 miles south to the coast of Maryland.
Fischer said sharks “have a quick ability to heal,” suggesting that Vimy should not have suffered much.
Source: El Nuevo Herald