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There’s Always A Bigger Fish
πŸ“Έ by @ccusharkresearchteam

Juvenile sandbar shark bitten in half by a larger shark.

Cannibalism in sharks is nothing new, there is fossil evidence to suggest that ancient sharks of the genus Orthacanthus consumed members of their own species at least 300 million years ago.

In that immense span of time, the Orthacanthus branch of the shark family tree was closed off forever (maybe because they couldn’t stop eating each other) but their penchant for snacking on family is still alive and well.

Some species of shark have been observed cannibalizing each other inside their mother’s womb. Before they’ve even tasted the ocean, certain species of unborn shark have to cut through thier own siblings, in order to stay alive long enough to graduate from the thunderwomb to the open sea.

At the very least, their transition from one arena to the next is made easier, as they are better prepared for what’s in store for them in the ocean.

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