A shark sliced in half has washed up on a beach, raising questions about what bigger predator may have attacked it.
A Reddit user posted the gruesome photo of the decomposing body while revealing he saw ‘poor guy’ washed up on Oak Island, Canada, which left users theorising what happened to the sea creature.
One user wrote: "This was not a boat accident! This wasn't any propeller.
"This wasn't any coral reef. And it wasn't Jack the Ripper. It was a shark. [A] Great White shark."
Another joked: “POV: He finally reached his tail after chasing it”
A third person commented: “There’s always a bigger fish.”
While another person suggested that an even deadlier shark was responsible for the attack, writing: "Another shark would do that all day every day."
Though the type of shark that washed up on the beach remains officially unknown, many said it looked like an ‘Atlantic Sharpnose’ due to its narrow nose and dark backside of the dorsal fin.
Atlantic Sharpnoses are typically a smaller type of shark with a streamlined body, making them vulnerable to bigger prey.
According to the NOAA Fisheries website, Atlantic Sharpnoses are commonly found along the western Atlantic in New Brunswick, Canada, through the Gulf of Mexico and eat small fish including menhaden, eels, silversides, wrasses, jacks, toadfish, and filefish.
Following the sighting of the sliced shark, a group of fishermen captured a terrifying video of a great white circling their boat in less than a mile off the coast of Sea Isle City, in New Jersey.
One of the fishermen, Jim Piazza told NJ.com that he was fishing with his son and some friends when he nearly ran over the predator.
“I didn’t think I would see a Great White right there,” he said.
Users were equally as nervous while watching the video, with one user writing: “What a beast.”
Another said: “Juvenile White. Maybe 8-9 ft max. It is probably hungry and looking for catches. It's done this before.”
While another commented: “Nervous? Fam I would've s**t myself.”
In the words of Matt Hopper in Jaws, ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’.
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