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Scientists: A mysterious animal ate an entire 9-foot great white shark
gizmodo.com ^ | 6/6/14 | James Baker

Posted on 06/09/2014 10:57:16 AM PDT by Kartographer

Scientists in Australia tagged a healthy 9-foot great white shark as part of program to track these animals. Four months later they found the tracking device washed up on a beach. Something—something really big—had eaten this apex predator. But what creature could dine on such ferocious prey?

(Excerpt) Read more at sploid.gizmodo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; australia; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; greatwhiteshark
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Cthulhu? Godzilla ?
1 posted on 06/09/2014 10:57:16 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Some kind of sea creature of some sorts?


2 posted on 06/09/2014 10:58:14 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Kartographer

Or maybe the Great White died a natural death and other sharks and smaller critters dined on the corpse.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 10:59:15 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: Kartographer

I’m not saying it was aliens.....

Bush’s fault, maybe?


4 posted on 06/09/2014 10:59:36 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Kartographer
A 20-foot Great White?
5 posted on 06/09/2014 11:00:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Kartographer

Easy answer.
A pod of killer whales.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 11:00:33 AM PDT by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: Kartographer

If all they found was the tracking device...how can they just say he was eaten? Lots of stuff could have happened.


7 posted on 06/09/2014 11:00:45 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

exactly. They assume too much.


8 posted on 06/09/2014 11:01:28 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They updated the website and it turns out it was a CANNIBAL Great White Shark that ate the shark.


9 posted on 06/09/2014 11:02:11 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: Kartographer

Could it be that the tracking device attracted a pirannah street gang?


10 posted on 06/09/2014 11:02:21 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

According to what I read, this thing went to great depths before they found it, so that would imply a giant squid or something like that.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 11:02:39 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Kartographer

Megalodon.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 11:02:59 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: PJ-Comix

I think you all need to read the article before commenting.


13 posted on 06/09/2014 11:03:33 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

According to another article, the tracking device was tracked to a depth greater than the sharks ability to reach and then showed up on the beach.


14 posted on 06/09/2014 11:03:50 AM PDT by eastforker (Cruz for steam in 2016)
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To: Kartographer

Apparently, scientists concluded that a larger Great White ate the smaller tagged one. Why? That is what happens, with large Great Whites eating smaller ones.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 11:05:34 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Tigen

Sharks are solitary, Killer Whales are the wolves of the sea, they are brutal and hunt in packs.

Maybe a group of bored killer whales decided to chew on some sharks...


16 posted on 06/09/2014 11:05:45 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kartographer

HillZIlla perhaps!

The faked photo montages of BigFoot Eating a Shark...will surely follow


17 posted on 06/09/2014 11:06:55 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Kartographer

The tracking device came off.. Big deal.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Bulwyf
I think you all need to read the article before commenting.

Oh come on. That would take all the fun out of FR. :)

19 posted on 06/09/2014 11:08:12 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: GeronL

I think the article states that the temp of the device went from 9C to 25C in moments, indicating ingestion.


20 posted on 06/09/2014 11:09:02 AM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: Kartographer

A bigger shark.. duh


21 posted on 06/09/2014 11:09:04 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Bulwyf
"I think you all need to read the article before commenting."

WHAT? Ya know, someone always has to come along and spoil the party of drive bys!

22 posted on 06/09/2014 11:09:51 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Kartographer

Probably a US Navy Shark bomb experiment that went off prematurely.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 11:11:24 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Darteaus94025

the device was ingested, not necessarily the whole shark

could be a finless shark out there somewhere


24 posted on 06/09/2014 11:12:10 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kartographer

swamp people


25 posted on 06/09/2014 11:12:29 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Kartographer

A nine foot great white shark is a young animal, less than half the size of mature adults. I worked on tuna boats in the early 70’s and we saw a few big fellas of the California coast.


26 posted on 06/09/2014 11:13:28 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: Kartographer

27 posted on 06/09/2014 11:14:29 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Kartographer

Must have been one heck of a Mooche!


28 posted on 06/09/2014 11:14:47 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ ├×)
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To: Kartographer

or maybe it fell off


29 posted on 06/09/2014 11:16:12 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: mbarker12474

Haha, I know, but I want to hear what people think it really is. Koller whales and other sharks and things like that wouldn’t go down to great depths and hang out there heh.

I still think giant squid, but maybe it’s something of old testament fame?


30 posted on 06/09/2014 11:17:31 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"A 20-foot Great White?"

Exactly my first thought. "Mysterious animal"... c'mon.

31 posted on 06/09/2014 11:17:47 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: gaijin

GUILTY!


32 posted on 06/09/2014 11:18:04 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ ├×)
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To: Kartographer

I’m not accusing her of anything, but was Rosie anywhere nearby? Has Michael Moore developed an appetite for seafood?


33 posted on 06/09/2014 11:21:27 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: ├čudda├čudd

The shark was smashed to bits when MH-370 crashed into it.


34 posted on 06/09/2014 11:23:25 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: Bulwyf

Octopus Giganticus! Better known as the Kraken!


35 posted on 06/09/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Kartographer
So the tracking device was found washed up on shore ?
It has natural bouyancy , or was pre-digested ?
and came out by virtue of digested fish offal (fish poop) ?
That's awful ! No additional DNA material ?
36 posted on 06/09/2014 11:25:06 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Kartographer

Moochelle short on tamales lately?


37 posted on 06/09/2014 11:28:13 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Malaysian Flight 370....?????


38 posted on 06/09/2014 11:28:15 AM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Kraken? I’ve wondered about the old sailor’s stories sometimes. I’m wondering what the world’s biggest squid looks like and the size of it.


39 posted on 06/09/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Kartographer
Hooper: That's a twenty footer!

Quint: Twenty five! And three tons of him!

Martin: You're gonna need a bigger boat, right?

Quint: Gotta get to work.

40 posted on 06/09/2014 11:29:19 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: gaijin

Warm in the winter, shade in the summer and eater of great white sharks: Fatzilla


41 posted on 06/09/2014 11:29:33 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; camle; Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Funny how so many missed the part of the story where they download tracking information that pretty well indicated that the shark was attacked by something.


42 posted on 06/09/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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A lot of assumption in the replies in this thread. Read the article and watch the video.

1. The shark moved extremely rapidly from near surface depth to over 2000 feet in little time.

2. The temperature registered on the tag went from 46 to 78 degrees and held that temperature constantly.

Sharks and squid are ectothermic. That means cold blooded. However, some sharks create heat through muscle exertion but it is never constant. It varies by several degrees based upon outside environment and exertion.

The speed of the shark decent is curious and troubling. Some whales can dive to the depths described but their body temperatures run about 100 degrees.

I don’t think it was a shark or a whale. It definitely wasn’t a squid. There is also data that is not being shared for some reason. How long was the elevated temperature there for? What depth did the elevated temps end at?

While it would be awesome for it to be a Meg, I don’t think it is but it’s also not another GWS. The evidence so far doesn’t support any known animal.


43 posted on 06/09/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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"A lot of assumption in the replies in this thread."

Facts? Read the article? We are FReepers we don't need no facts and we certainly don't have to read the whole article before commenting!
44 posted on 06/09/2014 11:56:25 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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There are pods of Orca’s (Killer Whales) that specialize in killing Great White’s. Usually they whack a single shark as a kind of calling card to other GW’s in the area. Usually the sharks vacate the area very quickly.


45 posted on 06/09/2014 12:04:12 PM PDT by Tallguy
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Fell off maybe? No that would be too simple. Must be aliens. The ones Bush met with that fixed the election.


46 posted on 06/09/2014 12:18:09 PM PDT by mrgreenfatigues
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To: Kartographer

Sperm whales dive down to over a mile and have been filmed attacking other whales & sharks. That would be my prime suspect.


47 posted on 06/09/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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I'm disappointed by the update. Too pedestrian an explanation. I need something incredibly fantastic to fill my empty soul.

Oh, well. On to the next sensational news item.

48 posted on 06/09/2014 12:30:40 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: mrgreenfatigues

See post #43 this thread.


49 posted on 06/09/2014 12:33:44 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Bulwyf

“I think you all need to read the article before commenting.”

Proudly commenting without reading the article since 2000.


50 posted on 06/09/2014 12:35:07 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Magnimus)
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