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A new photo of a deformed great white shark was recently caught off the U.S. coast, experts suggest that, of the nearly 13-foot, 1,200-pound apex predator was attacked by a larger shark.
The sharks, in the name of Vimy, was caught, and in the North Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 4, said OCEARCH, an international-great white shark research organization. Scientists have tagged a total of 11 of the sharks for satellite tracking, and in the expedition to Nova Scotia to study their habits and customs, the group said in a press release.
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The group on Monday posted a picture on Facebook showing the shark with a fresh bloody gash on her head and a scar under her cheek, writing: “whites are living in a difficult world. You must have proof? Check out the great white shark Vimy in the head.”
Vimy appears to have a “fresh” wound on his head, and for a second, “well healed” scar under his chin, investigators said.
(OCEARCH by Rob Snow)
OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer told the McClatchy news group, which is based on the bite marks and jaw size, and the attacker could be at least two feet taller than the Vimy.
“It was such a great beast that took hold of him, something that is far greater than the 12 metres long,” he said. “All of that can take hold of an animal, such as that in the main, is pretty impressive.”
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I mean, the shark is likely to have a fight with a rival male over a mate, or is he trying to mate with a larger female that is a little bit like him, Fischer said.
The site of the bite may be a sign that it helps the researchers to find exactly where the great white sharks are mating in the North Atlantic ocean, Fisher told McClatchy.
Vimy was caught in a field, in the Northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, OCEARCH says.
“Maybe the Vimy was the little kid on the block,” he said. “We know that it is the shark mating is a very violent. The sharks bite each other in the head, it is not a new thing at all. This has been a daily part of their lives.”
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However, there have been a few instances where sharks will eat smaller sharks of the same species, according to Newsweek.
“The sharks to eat other sharks, often more than most people might think,” Michael Heithaus, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, told the outlet earlier in the year. “However, for some types of big sharks, including bull sharks, great hammerhead sharks, and tiger sharks, and smaller sharks, are a favorite prey item.”