A great white shark in Australia bit off more than it could chew.
On July 12, a great white shark swam ashore on Coronation Beach in Western Australia while trying to dislodge a sea lion stuck in its throat, according to Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries.
Beachgoers captured this footage of the 13-foot shark thrashing near the shore.
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The shark washed up dead on the beach two days later.
The Fisheries Department concluded that the shark choked to death on a sea lion.
“It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage. Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death,” said Rory McAuley, a scientist with the Fisheries Department. “Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.”
Sometimes sharks and other fish get a little bit too big for their britches and try to eat fish that are too big to swallow.
Here in the states, aggressive fish species like muskie and walleye often try to swallow large fish whole. Check out this video of a tiger muskie eating a trout more than half its size.