In the surest evidence yet that real life is about to turn into a Godzilla movie, Australian scientists say that a 9-foot long great white shark that had been tagged with a tracking device was eaten by a mysterious creature in the murky depths of the ocean. Again, just in case that did not sink in: An apex predator that has long been considered one of the most ferocious animals on planet earth was turned into lunch by an unidentified creature lurking somewhere off the coast of Australia.
One can only conclude that human beings are next.
“When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away,” says Dave Riggs in a clip from the Smithsonian Channel show Hunt For the Super Predator, a program that will someday serve as a mocking reminder of mankind’s last days as the alpha species. Riggs is a filmmaker who was contracted to help document the process of tagging great whites in order to better understand their movements along the Australian coast.
Four months after being tagged, the device belonging to a great white portentously dubbed “shark alpha” washed ashore 2.5 miles from where it was tagged. According to the data, a healthy 9-foot female great white shark was cruising down the edge of the continental shelf at a depth of 1,900 feet when a “huge temperature change” occurred. The tag showed a swing from 46 degrees (F) to 78 degrees within seconds. According to the narrator, the latter temperature, “could only be achieved inside the belly of another living animal.”
Go ahead and sit on that thought for a moment.
“The question that not only came to my mind but everyone’s mind who was involved was, ‘what did that?’” Riggs says, chillingly. “It was obviously eaten. What’s gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a [9-foot] great white?”
There are a number of possibilities, ranging from the Kaiju that all but wrecked planet earth in last summer’s Pacific Rim, to Godzilla him/herself, last seen decimating San Francisco. Regardless, it’s clear that by targeting the great white specifically, this lifeform was sending a message to the inhabitants of this planet that even our most feared predator is but a tiny morsel in the newly reconfigured food chain.
Readers near the coasts are urged to spend no more than 30 minutes packing up their belongings before seeking shelter as far inland as possible, although by the time you read this, the highways will likely be choked with cars, creating a prime target for this indestructible killing machine that’s definitely some kind of alien/ mutant symbol of mankind’s hubris and not just a slightly larger shark that took advantage of this one not paying attention.
According to the Smithsonian Channel website, Hunt For the Super Predator airs June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.