White Sharks Best Scavengers of Ocean: Study
A study published in the journal PLoS ONE has revealed that white sharks are the best scavengers of ocean. The research was carried out by a group from the University of Miami.
The researchers took the help of Captain Chris Fallows and Austin Gallagher to reach at the conclusion. Lead researcher Neil Hammerschlag said that they carried out research for more than 10 years.
In the research period, they have assessed as well as observed four shark scavenging events. Neil said that they have noticed that white sharks look out for an ill or already dead whale. White sharks can eat a live whale if it is too weak, but if the whale is dead then they will able to come across the smell of blubber.
The smell, which seeps into the water, acts as a dinner bell for white sharks. Neil said they have seen as many as 40 sharks irrespective of their age to be attacking on the dead meal.
They have noticed that white sharks prefer to start eating from the whale's flukes and then tail. It is said that these parts are found to be tasty by white sharks. Moreover, they are easy to munch on, said Neil.
"The biggest sharks came right in, targeting areas of highest blubber content, while smaller sharks fed on areas with less blubber or kept their distance from the whale", said Neil.