Ocean News

A moveable (shark) feast

23rd September 2010

Alison Kock, who heads up our White Sharks project in South Africa, has put up a fascinating look at what happens when you (or in this case, the South African Navy) drags the carcass of a dead Brydes whale into waters with a high population of white sharks.

The whale, which probably died of a boat strike or from getting caught in a trawl net, was drifting towards the shore and would have created a 10 tonne "cleanup problem". Instead, it provided a feast for white sharks, which disposed of the carcass in nine days – naturally solving the problem. Read the rest of this amazing story here.