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Jaws Drop as Half-Eaten Great White Shark Washes Up on Beach

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While commonly depicted as the most formidable ocean predators, even great white sharks experience moments of genuine fear.

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While commonly depicted as the most formidable ocean predators, even great white sharks experience moments of genuine fear.

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The sheer ferocity of it has the power to make even the most formidable sharks abandon their hunting grounds in fear.

For a multitude of valid reasons.

Unfortunately, a lone great white shark wasn’t fortunate enough to elude its fate and was discovered washed ashore on a beach in Victoria, Australia, with almost half its body tragically missing.

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The beach images revealed the bleak remnants of the ill-fated shark, once an impressive creature measuring approximately four meters in its entirety.

What could possibly be fierce enough to cause such damage to a creature as formidable as a great white shark?

The ocean harbors a formidable creature, unparalleled in its dominance, with no natural adversaries. Its reign extends from the tiniest herring to the magnificent Blue Whale. Beware, for no creature is safe from its grasp.

Indeed, behold the monochrome marvels known as orcas.

The body of the shark was washed up on the beach. Credit: Pen News
Although great white sharks are known for their ferocity, orcas overshadow them in both size and intelligence. These magnificent creatures also have a penchant for consuming shark liver.
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On October 17th, fisherman Ben Johnstone stumbled upon the lifeless body of a shark while exploring Bridgewater Beach near Cape Bridgewater. This grim discovery occurred in the aftermath of a devastating attack.

Johnstone, 28, said: “I’m pretty certain it was killer whales – they kill sharks just for the livers, it’s the only part of them that they eat.

“As for what happened to the rest of the body, once the orcas are done, the rest of the intestines, stomach etcetera would’ve fallen out, as there’s nothing there to hold them in.”

According to local media reports, a group of orcas, which are actually the largest species of dolphin and not true whales, was sighted in the area a few days prior.

Not much was left of the unfortunate shark. Credit: Pen News

Tropical ecologist Lauren Meyer has shed light on the discerning eating habits of orcas, highlighting how they are famously selective in their choices. As Meyer explains, this is evident in their interaction with humpback whales, where killer whales specifically target the tongue for consumption, leaving behind the rest of the whale.

“We certainly see that they prefer the liver of white sharks, mako sharks, bronze whalers and sevengills, and even tiger sharks.”

Johnstone added: “I was intrigued more then anything.

“I found it pretty cool that something like that happened in our local waters.”

One hypothesis suggests that orcas employ a clever hunting strategy by flipping sharks onto their backs. This peculiar maneuver induces a catatonic state in the sharks, rendering them completely immobile and vulnerable to the razor-sharp teeth of the orca.

A sudden assault sent numerous great white sharks scattering, as one tagged shark ventured to dive down 500 meters in order to evade the orcas.