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Great white shark dies after choking on a sea lion

Greedy, greedy shark.

dead shark Source: Fisheries WA

SCIENTISTS WERE CONFOUNDED by the death of a great white shark, which washed up on a beach in Western Australia earlier this week.

Upon investigating, they found no sign of injury or disease – but they did discover a large sea lion stuck in the shark’s throat.

Tsk tsk. Didn’t anyone ever tell it to chew before it swallowed?

A video of the four metre-long male shark, shot by eyewitness Brad Tapper, shows the shark ‘acting strangely’ in the bay moments before its death:

Source: BREAKIN NEWS2/YouTube

Dr Rory McAuley of the Department of Fisheries WA says the presence of a large sea lion in the gullet was probably the reason for its odd behaviour:

Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death. Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.

Its eyes were clearly bigger than its stomach. We’ve all been there.

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