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Half-eaten 'Zombie shark' seen hunting for food despite huge hole in its side

NewsHalf-eaten 'Zombie shark' seen hunting for food despite huge hole in its side

Scientists have observed a peculiar phenomenon involving a “zombie shark” that, despite being partially consumed by other sharks, continued its pursuit of prey after being released into the ocean. Dr Mario Lebrato, a 35-year-old biologist, released this specific shark, an oceanic black tip, into the water close to the Spanish shore.

Unfortunately, after being released, the shark was hunted by other sharks, especially strong bull sharks that can weigh up to 400kg. The unwary animal was attacked by these other sharks, who caused severe injuries and the loss of a sizeable chunk of its body.

The wounded shark showed a remarkable determination to live despite such a continuous attack and significant damage. For around 20 minutes, it bravely struggled for its life while trying to swim away.

The shark eventually succumbed to its wounds though, since its wounds grew too serious.

The extraordinary event has been explained by Dr Lebrato, who also shed light on the shark’s ferocious battle before its sad fate.

He said: “Sharks eat sharks, that is well known, but it is super difficult to film and document.”

Last week, onlookers in US waters witnessed the presence of a colossal shark known as “Ironbound.”

This enormous creature measures 12 feet in length and weighs an astonishing 450kg. “Ironbound” has been known to roam the waters along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada, covering an impressive distance of over 13,000 miles.

Occasionally, shark cage divers have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of this magnificent beast. The most recent sighting of “Ironbound” occurred near the coast of Georgia on May 10th.

Since its initial sighting in 2019 on West Ironbound Island near Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, the enormous 12-foot 4-inch shark has been meticulously monitored by the marine research group OCEARCH.

This remarkable creature, known as “Ironbound,” has attracted significant attention.

OCEARCH’s chief scientist, Bob Hueter, explains that they track this awe-inspiring animal using a tagger that emits signals, or “pings,” and transmits data whenever the shark surfaces, allowing enthusiasts to follow its movements.

On May 10th, Ironbound’s tracker emitted a ping in the vicinity of the Georgia coast at 3:20 pm. Notably, this event occurred just a month after the tracker pinged near the Bahamas, followed by subsequent pings off the coast of Fort Lauderdale and Miami in Florida.

Admirers of the massive sea creature have reported sightings as far as New Brunswick, Canada.

One enthusiastic individual expressed their hopes of encountering the shark named Ironbound during their upcoming shark cage diving expedition in Nova Scotia.

The creature has gained such popularity that fans like John Pratt have taken to social media to express their fondness. Pratt shared on Facebook, “Ironbound is a favorite for sure. I swear he’s smiling in his pic!”

To facilitate monitoring, the research group employs a method of capturing and equipping the lurking predators with electronic trackers. These trackers emit signals, or “pings,” and transmit valuable data whenever the sharks emerge from the ocean surface.

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