Published On: Thu, Jul 17th, 2014

Australia: Great White shark found on Coronation Beach choked on a sea lion

A four-meter male white shark that washed ashore at Coronation Beach, about 28 kilometers north of Geraldton, was found with a  large Australian sea lion stuck inside its throat, which was the likely cause of death for the large fish.

Earlier this week, a beachgoer filmed the shark thrashing about in shallow waters at Coronation Beach, which was posted on YouTube.

Principal Research Scientist Dr Rory McAuley with the Department of Fisheries said, “This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behavior in shallow waters off Coronation Beach. It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage.” The shark had no visible signs of injury or disease.

“Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death, McAuley notes. Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.”

Great White Shark Chokes On Sea Lion In Australia/Video Screen Shot

Great White Shark Chokes On Sea Lion In Australia/Video Screen Shot



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