The great white shark version of a Thanksgiving feast was recently recorded, showing how multiple such sharks react when they find a dead whale.
A corresponding study concludes that great white sharks could be some of the ocean's best scavengers, helping to rid water of dead flesh and carcasses.
"Although rarely seen, we suspect that as white sharks mature, scavenging on whales becomes more prevalent and significant to these species than previously thought," said Neil Hammerschlag in a press release.
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Hammerschlag, director of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami, collaborated with Captain Chris Fallows and Austin Gallagher on the study, which appeared in the latest PLoS ONE. Over a 10-year period, they performed detailed observations of four shark scavenging events.
The feeding frenzies often seem to happen a certain way.
First, great white sharks detect a dead or dying whale. It may be pretty gruesome to think of a sickly whale being eaten alive, but that happens if the whale is weak enough.