Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale, Picture: Fact Check


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Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale, Picture
Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale, Picture

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Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale

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Huge Great White Shark Feeds on Humpback Whale

Fact Check:

A picture in circulation online purports to show a strange incident of a Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale. Yes, what’s visible in the picture is real, but some information about it is missing. The incident is an old one, and the Great White Shark is in fact feeding on Dead Humpback Whale Carcass.

Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale, Picture

White Shark Eating Humpback Whale Incident

The huge Humpback Whale was originally found dead in April 2017, closer to Newport Beach off the coast of Southern California. An independent researcher and conservationist, Keith Poe and a team from California State University Long Beach were studying the dead humpback. The Shark was caught on camera by Poe in Dana Point, California, as they watched it feeding on the whale carcass for about 18 hours. You can see the incident briefly in the National Geographic video below.

Interestingly, little is known about the scavenging behavior of Sharks and it is not often captured on camera. It is because Great white sharks are one of nature’s fiercest predators. Contrary to the general theory, Poe described the shark’s feeding at the scene was relatively docile.

On the other hand, the uncommon scene shows an unfortunate end of the beloved-by-some female whale known as Scarlet. The Humpback Whale came into limelight in August 2016 after severe entangling in a commercial fishing gear in Orange County. Many wildlife researchers tracked it over the years, and there’s also a blog describing the Saga of Scarlet.

Image of Scarlet the humpback whale photographed tangled in a line in August, 2016 off Newport Beach
Scarlet the humpback whale photographed tangled in a line in August, 2016 off Newport Beach. (Courtesy Mark Girardeau)

Hoax or Fact:

Fact with some missing information.

References:

Watch a Great White Shark Binge Eat a Whale Carcass


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