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An image of a shark that appeared to have been eaten by an unknown creature is currently doing the rounds online, creating a buzz in the internet. The half-eaten shark was washed ashore on Daytona Beach in Florida.
People began speculating the creature that could have eaten such a large predator, especially since the coastal area of Florida is home to different species of sharks.
Shark Attacks in Florida
But despite isolated reports of shark attacks, experts warned the public to be more careful when going on a vacation in any of Florida’s beaches. According to a report from the Florida Beach Lifestyle, there are around 20 shark attacks recorded in Florida in average each year. But shark attacks peaked in 2007 when it reached 37 cases.
The site did confirm, though, that the majority of recorded shark attacks in the coast of Florida occurred in Daytona Beach and New Symrna Beach, both known surfing destinations. In short, anywhere within the Volusia County facing the Atlantic Ocean is a favorite hangout of sharks.
Predator vs. Predator
But an article from St. Augustine News revealed that the shark was too small. The viral photo was taken at an angle that makes it look it was a full-grown blacktip or sandbar shark.
Tara Dodson, environmental supervisor for St. Johns County, told St. Augustine News that it’s highly likely the shark was eaten by another shark. Although some fishermen use smaller sharks as bait, there have been no signs to support the possibility. Furthermore, small sharks are prone to attacks from much larger predators.
It was later confirmed by Snopes that the camera perspective made the viral photo more mysterious. Although the image was real, it’s nothing but a case of a small shark eaten by a much larger shark.
Half-Eaten Shark Washes Up in Daytona https://t.co/eSE3tyO5L9
— snopes.com (@snopes) September 7, 2016