YouTube user Pacifics Edge posted footage of both white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and blue sharks (Prionace glauca) feeding on the carcass of a common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). The encounter was filmed in the Santa Barbara Channel.
According to the Sacramento Bee, a journal article published in the latest issue of Conservation Biology reveals “significant declines in catch rates” for blue (Prionace glauca), mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), and oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) sharks in North Pacific waters. According to the article, the declines in catch rates indicate heavy fishing of the species. The research also showed a decrease in the average sizes of both oceanic whitetip and silky (Carcharhinus falciformis) sharks.
Fisherman Al McGlashan discovered the remains of a giant squid (genus Architeuthis) floating about 50km from Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia, according to the The Daily Telegraph. The carcass was believed to be relatively “fresh” due the presence of the squids red coloring. While McGlashan was filming the remains of the rarely-seen squid, a blue shark (Prionace glauca) arrived on the scene to feed on the carcass.
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YouTube user absoluteboatbrokers recently posted the video above which features a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding on the carcass of a blue shark (Prionace glauca), which was caught earlier in the day. The footage was shot off of Australia’s Bondi Beach, according to the video description.
The blue shark had been tied to the side of the boat after the fisherman had caught it. While the white shark is listed as a protected species in Australia waters, the blue shark can be fished for legally.
In some odd shark-related news, CNN and WMUR are reporting that the carcass of a 6-8′ blue shark (Prionace glauca) was found in the woods in Milton, New Hampshire. The dead shark was found discarded approximately 50 miles from the coast. According to WMUR.com, authorities who were called to the scene decided to leave the carcass where it lay and “let nature takes its course.”