The terrifying monster from the deep was filmed attacking a smaller shark in the waters surrounding South Australia’s Neptune Island. And a 12ft-long (3.6m) shark was also fished out near the Golden Coast after being torn to bits by what was likely another shark. The incredibly graphic photos reveal the cannibalistic nature of the great white – the most fearsome of marine predators. As the smaller shark struggled to escape its attacker, its body was all but ripped in half in just two bites.
Large chunks of pink flesh are missing from the shark, shedding light onto the viciousness and brutality of the incident.
The shark attack was filmed for a National Geographic documentary about the cannibal practices among apex predators.
More and more mutilated shark carcasses are being fished out of the ocean around Australia as shark turns on shark.
In many cases, the beasts have been so badly bitten by the great white’s razor-sharp teeth, only heads remain.
According to Professor Mark Meekan, from the Australian Institute for Marine Science, all shark species are cannibals.
He said: “It’s not just one rogue shark attacking other sharks or even one species of shark attacking other sharks, it’s lots of different sharks turning on each other.”
The shark attack scenes will air on National Geographic Wild’s new show Cannibal Sharks.
The documentary will next week on Monday, July 15, as part of the annual Sharkfest programming between July 15 and July 21st.
The shark documentary will also precede the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week from July 28 to August 3.
Great white sharks, or Carcharodon carcharias, are one of the most dangerous species of animal in the oceans.
Great whites can grow up to 20ft (6.1m) in length and weight up to 4,200lb (1,905kg).
The terrifying sharks can swim at incredible speeds of up to 35mph (56kmh) and dive to depths of 3,900ft (1.2km).
Examining photos of the mutilated shark, Professor Meekan said: “This is an enormous shark.
“It’s 12-feet long but look at the size of that bite, it’s absolutely massive.
“That’s an immense amount of power you need to take a bite out of another shark like that – you have to be pretty big yourself.
“If I was a betting man, I might even pick another great white shark for that one.
“These things are apex predators for good reason.”