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Great White Sharks Are Being Killed By Killer Whales

Great White Sharks Are Being Killed By Killer Whales

They're removing their livers, too.

Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Great white sharks are perhaps the most scary creatures in the water, but sometimes even their razor sharp teeth aren't enough for other predators.

According to the Daily Mail, great whites are being killed by killer whales, removing the shark's liver in the process.

Carcasses of the predators are washing up on beaches in South Africa with only their livers missing, with one expert saying they'd been removed with 'surgical precision', the Mail reports.

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As many as three have washed up, with it being thought that orcas have a taste for organic chemical compound found in shark liver oil called squalene.

"Obviously this is a very sad time for us all," biologist with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust Alison Towner wrote in a Facebook post. "Nature can be so cruel and the dexterity these enormous animals are capable of is mind blowing... almost surgical precision as they remove the squalene-rich liver of the white sharks and dump their carcass."

This has reportedly been happening in the town of Gansaabi, South Africa, one of the best regions in the world for shark diving. Because of the recent attacks from the whales, sharks appear to have fled the area, meaning local companies are upset with their trips not doing so well.

"The last white shark washed up here on the 8th of February and the cage-diving boats struggled to see any sharks for almost two weeks," Towner said in another post. "Unfortunately the cage-diving boats all came home after seeing no sharks again today.

"It's a very interesting time. We have never seen anything like this."

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The most recent victim was a 4.2m (14ft) male with injuries matching the last few, according to Towner.

The orcas might have a tough job taking down this fella, though.

A fisherman caught the shark weighing a whopping 1500lb, which is believed to be the biggest ever fished in Europe.

Twenty-six-year-old Ben Bond from Somerset was on a three-day fishing trip in Carrigaholt, Ireland, when he landed the beast.

Ben spent an hour-and-a-half struggling with the sixgill shark, which was 25ft long.

The shark was too big to pull onto the 40ft boat, but Ben and skipper Luke Aston were able to bring it alongside. As you can see in the video, it was a serious battle.

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Ben said: "It was absolutely massive. When it first took my bait it felt like a very heavy weight. I thought it would be really hard to lift it off the bottom but the real fight was when it was in mid-water.

"After about 75 minutes I saw it near the surface and my eyes nearly popped out. Its tail was at one end of the boat and its head was over halfway up the boat. It had a big set of jaws."

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Luke used the animal's length and girth to work out how much it weighed, calculating that it must have weighed around 1500lbs or 107st to make it the biggest ever caught in Europe.

Ben and the rest of the crew put the sixgill safely back in the water.

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Ben said: "There have been very few attacks on humans by sixgill sharks but that's mainly because of how deep they live. I wouldn't have wanted to go into the water with it.

"I was knackered afterwards and had to have a sit down. I am still buzzing now and very proud that I have caught one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sharks in Europe."

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However, Ben's record will not be recognised, because he refused to kill and weigh the shark, as they are a threatened species.

Luke added: "We had someone land a sixgill shark seven years ago which weighed 1,056lbs and that was the biggest ever caught in the British Isles. Ben's catch was much bigger than that. It was 25ft long and at least 1,500lbs. I am an experienced fishermen and it was easily the biggest shark I have seen."

Featured Image Credit: Marine Dynamics

Topics: Sharks, Whales