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February 17, 2012
National Geographic has just published a photo of a shark completely engulfing another shark. It is a Wobbegong or "shark carpet" eating a bamboo shark.
This picture was taken by Daniela Ceccarelli, researcher at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Research Council of Australia.
While conducting a census of fish populations around the Big Island of Keppel, the researcher saw a copy of bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) resting on the seabed. What he noticed was the color white, almost transparent.
When approached to investigate, Wobbegong was set in motion. This could see the bamboo shark's head was inside the mouth of another shark, and that it was completely dead. By his own account, does not believe this is the first time you see this behavior, but the first time is captured in photo.
It was known that these "carpet sharks" hunted other sharks, and appearing in their stomach contents. What is surprising in this case is the size of the dam.
The Wobbegongs are predators that hunt hiding. They can feed on large prey that engulf whole because their jaws can dislocate, just as happens in many snakes.
To make this task easier for them, their teeth are curved backwards, and are tearing the flesh of their prey as they swallow.