Advert

Latest

Ethan Suplee Says Falling In Love With Wife Helped Him Achieve Weight Loss

Ethan Suplee Says Falling In Love With Wife Helped Him Achieve Weight Loss

published at6 hours ago
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
News

Dead Shark Washes Up On Libyan Beach With Swordfish 'Blade' Stuck In It

Dead Shark Washes Up On Libyan Beach With Swordfish 'Blade' Stuck In It

A shark has washed up dead on a beach in Libya after having seemingly been killed by the gigantic 'blade' of a swordfish.

The thresher shark came ashore near to the town of Brega and, upon inspection, it wasn't immediately clear what had killed it.

However, after one the folks who discovered it spotted a wound on the shark's side, they pulled out an 11.8-inch swordfish rostrum - that's the spiky bit - out of the hole.

Advert

That'll probably be what did it, then.

The rostrum is thought to have causes the shark severe internal injuries, including damage to arteries and even potentially puncturing the shark's heart.

It isn't clear whether this was an accident between the two fish, or whether the swordfish attacked deliberately, but it shows just how dangerous these massive fish can be.

Credit: Ichthyological Research
Credit: Ichthyological Research
Advert

The scene was discovered by some locals, but quickly taken over by scientists who have suggested that the swordfish must have been about six feet long and probably attacked the shark from behind about three days before it came ashore.

A study, published in the journal Ichthyological Research, states that the rostrum probably belonged to a type of swordfish called Xiphias gladius - that is 'a highly mobile, predatory fish known to attack sharks, whales, humans and even boats.'

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Poisonous Blue Dragons Wash Up On Beach In South Africa

The thresher shark itself was about 14ft long and had really been through the wars when it was discovered.

The study states: "The rostrum penetrated the shark in an acute angle of approximately 70 degrees to the anterior-posterior axis, directed towards the branchial apparatus, revealing that the swordfish must have been positioned dorsally from the shark and pierced it from behind."

Advert

It continues: "The location of the injury, timing of wound infliction and lack of other apparent injuries lead us to the conclusion that the impalement was fatal and the ultimate cause of death for the thresher shark."

Credit: Ichthyological Research
Credit: Ichthyological Research
News

Poisonous Blue Dragons Wash Up On Beach In South Africa

published at2 months ago

While swordfish skewerings aren't exactly uncommon, the study notes that most of the time they involve juvenile swordfish.

This didn't. It was a fully grown adult.

Advert

The study reads: "The swordfish involved in the current attack was not a juvenile, but roughly the same size as the thresher shark and, therefore, does not fit into its prey spectrum, which makes an attack as a defensive response unlikely."

That means this could have happened when both animals were feeding on the same prey, or as a warning to stay away from the swordfish's meal.

Either way, 'stay well clear of swordfish' appears to be the take-home message.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube

Topics: Science, Africa, Interesting, Weird, Animals

Chosen for YouChosen for You

All Travel Corridors To The UK Will Close On Monday
published ata day ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

Special Documentary To Celebrate Friday Night Dinner 10th Anniversary

published at3 days ago

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]