Monday Archives: Shark Eats Shark

by | Jan 24, 2022 | Fish | 0 comments


It’s a dog eat dog world out there. Or in this case, a shark eat shark world. Life in the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea got very real last week. The aquarium has over 40,000 animals in 130 tanks, with multiple sharks and animals residing in the Animal Kingdom exhibit. Visitors were in for a sight on Thursday when an 8 year old female sand tiger shark decided to make a meal of her 5 year old male hound shark tank mate. The female shark ate the male shark, bite by bite, over a slow and agonizing 21 hours, until just the tail remained.

Certainly this was not your average visit to the aquarium for the visitors present when this epic meal took place. Although sharks eating other sharks is not unheard of, it’s not commonplace to say the least. The Aquarium stated they believe it was a turf war of sorts. In this case, the bigger shark clearly won that battle. Oh Tae-youp, spokesman for Coex Aquarium, said. “Sharks have their own territory. However, sometimes when they bump against each other, they bite out of astonishment.” The shark will be unable to digest the tail of her meal, and it will stay in her mouth for about four to five days, until she regurgitates it.  MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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