Unbelievable moment shark was half eaten by others when scientists released it into ocean

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water… Incredible moment the shark was half eaten by others when scientists released it into the ocean – but managed to keep swimming

  • A researcher has captured a rare moment of shark-on-shark cannibalism
  • dr. Mario Lebrato, from Spain, filmed the incident off the coast of Mozambique
  • Scientists had just released the oceanic blacktip shark when it was attacked
  • Lebrato said a group of about 10 sharks attacked the creature while it was swimming
  • Footage shows huge chunks of shark missing as blood and flesh pour out



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Shocking footage has captured a shark after it was attacked and half eaten by other members of its own species, but managed to swim for minutes before eventually succumbing to its injuries.

dr. Mario Lebrato, 35, from Spain, captured the incredibly rare video of shark cannibalism one to two meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique.

The researcher was filming the oceanic blacktip shark releasing it back into the ocean when another group of about 10 sharks approached.

Pictured: A silent excerpt from a video that captured the moment a shark suffered serious injuries when attacked and half-eaten by other members of its own species

Pictured: A silent excerpt from a video that captured the moment a shark suffered serious injuries when attacked and half-eaten by other members of its own species

dr.  Mario Lebrato, 35, from Spain, captured the moment on video (pictured) when the oceanic blacktip was attacked as it was released back into the ocean off the coast of Mozambique

dr.  Mario Lebrato, 35, from Spain, captured the moment on video (pictured) when the oceanic blacktip was attacked as it was released back into the ocean off the coast of Mozambique

dr. Mario Lebrato, 35, from Spain, captured the moment on video (pictured) when the oceanic blacktip was attacked as it was released back into the ocean off the coast of Mozambique

The resulting footage shows the shark already attacked, with huge chunks ripped from its side, pouring blood and flesh into the water.

A huge hole can be seen in the side of the shark, with a second smaller piece of flesh missing towards its tail fin.

Torn flesh and sinew are visible through the murky water caused by the blood leaking from the creature as it struggles in vain to swim away from the others.

Despite his injuries, the shark continued to swim with a line still attached to its mouth as the other sharks continued to circle him ominously in the water.

The shark was eventually freed from the leash and the footage shows it swimming into the depths with much of its body missing, followed by its predators.

Pictured: The shark can be seen in footage still swimming with a leash attached to its mouth, after being attacked by a group of about 10 other sharks as it was released back into the wild

Pictured: The shark can be seen in footage still swimming with a leash attached to its mouth, after being attacked by a group of about 10 other sharks as it was released back into the wild

Pictured: The shark can be seen in footage still swimming with a leash attached to its mouth, after being attacked by a group of about 10 other sharks as it was released back into the wild

Pictured: The other cannibal sharks circle around the injured creature after already taking chunks out of its side, causing blood and flesh to spill from its body into the water

Pictured: The other cannibal sharks circle around the injured creature after already taking chunks out of its side, causing blood and flesh to spill from its body into the water

Pictured: The other cannibal sharks circle around the injured creature after already taking chunks out of its side, causing blood and flesh to spill from its body into the water

After a five-minute struggle after the attack, the shark succumbed to its injuries, said Lebrato — who filmed the attack in 2018.

dr. Lebrato said: ‘I’ve been working in Mozambique for four years now and sharks eat sharks, that’s common knowledge, but it’s super hard to film and document.

“The shark struggled for about twenty minutes, it struggled just five minutes after the attack.

“There were bull sharks and other oceanic black spots involved in the attack, I’d say about 10 in all.

‘One of the sharks was pregnant and was about 300 to 400 kilograms in size.

“This happened offshore, in about 100 meters of open ocean water.”

After a five-minute struggle after the attack, the shark succumbed to its injuries, Lebrato - who filmed the attack in 2018 - said.

After a five-minute struggle after the attack, the shark succumbed to its injuries, Lebrato - who filmed the attack in 2018 - said.

After a five-minute struggle after the attack, the shark succumbed to its injuries, Lebrato – who filmed the attack in 2018 – said.

dr.  Mario Lebrato, seen briefly in the footage (pictured), said bull sharks and other oceanic black spots were part of the group of sharks that attacked.  He said one of the sharks was pregnant and probably weighed between 300 and 400 kilograms

dr.  Mario Lebrato, seen briefly in the footage (pictured), said bull sharks and other oceanic black spots were part of the group of sharks that attacked.  He said one of the sharks was pregnant and probably weighed between 300 and 400 kilograms

dr. Mario Lebrato, seen briefly in the footage (pictured), said bull sharks and other oceanic black spots were part of the group of sharks that attacked. He said one of the sharks was pregnant and probably weighed between 300 and 400 kilograms

All shark species are believed to have cannibalistic tendencies — including the fearsome great whites — said Professor Mark Meekan of the Australian Institute for Marine Science in 2019.

“It’s not just one rogue shark attacking other sharks or even one shark species attacking other sharks. It’s a lot of different sharks turning against each other,” he said at the time.

Professor Meekan believes shark attacks on sharks are increasing as a result of the measures used to keep the hungry predators away from swimmers.

For example, security measures along the Australian Gold Coast use nets and pierced hooklines. But hook sharks send out distress signals that are picked up by rival predators craving an easy meal.

Research in 2019 showed that sharks have been eating each other for millennia.

An examination of fossilized feces from the prehistoric Orthacanthus — a shark that swam in the oceans 300 million years ago — found it contained fossilized baby shark teeth.

Professor Meekan said: ‘That shows that these were cannibal sharks 300 million years ago. Shark on shark predation is a fundamental trait.’

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