A fisherman named Jason Moyce, who also goes by Trapman Bermagui on social media, found something incredible but disturbing in the water off the coast of New South Wales last week. Moyce pulled a massive severed shark head out of the water and posted the astonishing photos to social media. The post quickly went viral and set the internet abuzz with speculation about what could have possibly been large enough to tear a shark apart in this way.
Moyce said that the head belonged to a Mako shark.
“So this was all we got back of this monster mako. Unfortunately, we didn’t see what ate it but must of been impressive!! The head was about 100kg. It was a crazy morning of shark fishing. Hoping to catch smaller sharks but just hooked big sharks that got eaten by bigger sharks again. When I thought I’d seen it all, we cut about 35kg of meat off the mako head and discovered it had a marlin bill embedded in its head.. will upload the video soon,” Moyce said on Facebook.
The head of the shark alone weighed roughly 100kg.
Mako is the fastest species of shark and can reach speeds of up to 46 mph, so it is hard to guess what could be a threat to them.
Mako sharks are also incredibly intelligent.
According to Wikipedia, “Of all studied sharks, the shortfin mako has one of the largest brain:body ratios. This large brain size prompted New Zealand Sealife Australia and New Zealand senior curator Craig Thorburn of Auckland, New Zealand, and film-maker Mike Bhana to investigate the intelligence of the mako. From tests involving shape differentiation to electroreception tests and individual recognition, Isuru Somawardana and his team of shark experts discovered mako are fast-learning sharks, able to determine whether or not the researchers were threatening. The sharks involved in the study (while never the same individuals) after initial caution showed unique and never before seen behaviors, such as refusing to roll back their eyes during feeding and allowing themselves to be briefly restrained and touched while being offered bait. Shortfin mako also do not rely on electroreception when hunting, unlike the great white shark, based on tests involving wired fiberglass fish designed to emit weak electrical signals resembling real fish of similar size. Instead, they rely on smell, hearing, and most prominently, vision.”
Some commenters speculated that it could be a large whale, like an Orca, or killer whale. Others said that it had to be another shark.
“Great White more than one as well, you can see the smaller or conveyor teeth outside major bite marks, not Orcas they tend to eat just the liver of large sharks and let the rest drop to the ocean floor,” one Facebook user wrote.
Moyce also believes that it was another shark that did the damage.
Some commenters seemed to think that this was the work of a Megalodon, but according to Snopes, they haven’t been around for more than a million years.
However, only an incredibly large creature could have done something like this.
Another possibility is that this could have been the work of poachers, although it would seem senseless for them to throw away the head, there are cases where poachers seek out trophies and waste the rest of the animal. This week, it was reported by Time that 1,100 mutilated dolphin bodies have washed up on the beaches of France.
Time reported “The dolphins’ bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off. But what shocked French marine researchers wasn’t just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved — a record 1,100 have landed on France’s Atlantic coast beaches since January. The mass deaths, widely blamed on industrial fishing, have alarmed animal welfare groups and prompted France’s ecology minister to launch a national plan to protect them.”
Willy Daubin, a member of La Rochelle University’s National Center for Scientific Research, says that industrial fishing nets accidentally harm a large volume of sea life.
“There’s never been a number this high. Already in three months, we have beaten last year’s record, which was up from 2017 and even that was the highest in 40 years. What fishing machinery or equipment is behind all these deaths?” Daubin asked.