This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

Rarely has there been a better moment to use this phrase, for this great white shark did die by choking off on a sea lion. The 13ft predator was caught on film thrashing about in a fruitless attempt to dislodge the deadly chunk of food, scaring off some beachgoers in the process.

The unfortunate scene took place at Coronation Beach, north of Perth, Australia. When the beast finally suffocated to death and was brought ashore, Fisheries Department inspectors who had come to inspect the scene found “no visible signs of injury or disease”, however they did discover “a large Australian sea lion” in its throat.

Scientists then suggested what to observers would have been obvious — that the shark could have been trying to dislodge the blockage. Principal research scientist Rory McAuley said, as quoted on the WAtoday┬áwebsite:

This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behavior. Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death.

Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.

It almost sounds hard to believe, but I guess this shark was just unfortunate. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. The great white shark bit off more than it could chew and choked to death on a huge sea lion it tried to swallow.

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

2. Fisheries Department inspectors who had come to inspect the scene found “no visible signs of injury or disease”, however they did discover “a large Australian sea lion” in its throat.

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

3. The 13ft shark was seen thrashing about before it was found dead.

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

4. Tash Tapper shot a video of the shark and uploaded it on YouTube, which has had more than 17,000 views so far (photo: Tash Tapper).

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

5. The shark could not dislodge the chunk of food in its throat (photo: Tash Tapper).

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

6. Ms. Tapper, who was on the beach with her family, described the scene as ‘surreal’ (photo: Tash Tapper).

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

7. “Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death” (photo: Tash Tapper).

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

8. Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction (photo: Tash Tapper).

This Shark Did Bite Off More Than He Could Chew. Watch A Great White Choke To Death On A Sea Lion.

And here is the video:

Source: WAtoday.

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