By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Scientists often tag massive great white sharks with devices that keep track of their location in the ocean. Since these huge ocean predators are still very mysterious, traveling thousands of miles at random, they’re an endlessly fascinating subject for researchers. Now, however, a particularly large 9-foot-long great white was gobbled up by an unknown sea monster, and everyone is freaking out!
Just four months after the shark was tagged, its tracking device washed up on an Australian beach, and the data inside was… disturbing to say the least. Basically, the shark was suddenly snagged by some enormous… thing… and quickly pulled 1,902 feet deeper into the ocean. Then, the temperatures shown on the device shot up from 46 degrees to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which basically means the shark was inside the warm belly of a beast!
Now, the Smithsonian Institute is releasing a film about the search for this creepy sea menace, called Hunt for the Super Predator. Some scientists involved in the study have a theory that the great white shark was eaten by a “colossal cannibal great white shark”. Whoa! I guess it just might be a shark-eat-shark world down there…
Filmmaker Dave Riggs says, “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?”
Images courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.