Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2020

Shark mystery: Hunt for predator that devoured ‘monster’ mako sparking Meg return fears | Science | News

Yesterday, in a bizarre turn of events, Donald Trump announced he was “not a big fan” of sharks after he paused mid-speech to rant about the apex predators, seals and mosquitos in Pennsylvania. The US President batted off conservationists’ efforts to protect sharks, before adding: “I don’t know how many votes I am going to lose. I have people calling me up, ‘Sir, we have a fund to save the sharks,’ I say no thank you, I have other things I can contribute to.” Footage soon made its way online of the President’s talk, racking up millions of views, but a discovery made in Sydney, Australia, may show Mr Trump has bigger things to worry about than the famed great white.

Young fisherman Trapman Bermagui – also known as Jason – was fishing off the New South Wales coast when he caught a 100kg mako shark head, but it’s what attacked this “monster” that baffled him the most.

He wrote on Facebook: “So this was all we got back of this monster mako.

“Unfortunately we didn’t see what ate it but it must have been impressive! The head was about 100kg.

“It was a crazy morning of shark fishing. Hoping to catch smaller sharks but just hooked big sharks that got eaten by bigger sharks again.”

A mako shark can grow up to 3.8 metres (12 feet) long and weigh up to 570kg and they are the fastest sharks, swimming up to 46mph.

An animal of this size would have been eaten by an even bigger creature, which sparked rumours online that the ominous Megalodon shark had returned to the water.

Scientists say the extinct shark roamed the globe’s waters approximately 3.6 million years ago and, at 18 metres (58 feet) long, they are thought to have been the largest fish on the planet.

Alternatively, though, some users had a more reasonable explanation.

Greg Doble claimed more than one great white made the attack.

READ MORE: Shark thought to be extinct FOUND after decades-long hunt: ‘Confirms ongoing survival’

California’s underwater kelp forests have been almost diminished following an explosion in urchins that eat the kelp, and that is due to a decline in sea otters that eat the urchins.

This is threatening the natural food chain of the area, which could completely collapse if great whites have no source of prey.

Bryan Franks, a Jacksonville University doctoral professor, said in 2019: “I can say with certainty you would lose stability, but there are so many factors involved it’s difficult to predict.

“Their prey would go up, then that third-level species would be depleted, but it’s difficult to model.

“The classic example is the otters, the urchins and the kelp.”

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