A Great White shark, over nine-feet long, is at the top of our ocean’s food chain. Very few ocean-dwellers can devour this apex predator. In fact, the Great White has no known natural predators other than the Orca whale. But scientists in Australia, who had tagged one such shark, are looking for something even bigger. A “mystery sea monster” hauled the tagged shark to the ocean’s deepest depths.
Four months after the shark was tagged, a beachcomber found the alpha shark’s monitoring device washed up on shore, only two and a half miles from where the Australian team had tagged her. Data on the tag revealed an incredible story – at 4 a.m., the shark suddenly plunged at high speed off the edge of a continental shelf. No Orca whale would take the shark that deep.
Reports UPI: “According to data on the device, the shark's temperature rose rapidly and then quickly plunged, indicating that the shark may have ended up in another animal's digestive system. Based on that assumption, it has been theorized that the shark was eaten by a ‘colossal cannibal great white shark.’”
According to UPI, the mystery is documented in the Smithsonian Institute's Hunt for the Super Predator, which is based on the Australian documentary The Search for the Ocean's Super Predator and will air June 25.
"When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away," filmmaker Dave Riggs reportedly says in the documentary.
"The question that not only came to my mind but everyone's mind who was involved was, 'what did that?' It was obviously eaten. What's gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a [9-foot] great white?"