A 4-meter long tiger shark was recently caught off the Tweeds Head coast in New South Wales, Australia after, get this, swallowing a six-foot hammerhead shark that was being reeled in by a fisherman.
The fisherman, who wished to only go by the name Matthew, told Northern Star, “I was fighting the hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it. You can’t turn around and go no, don’t touch, to something like that.”
Images of the shark laying on the deck of the boat were spread rapidly online via Facebook.
According to the Northern Star, commercial shark fishing is legal in some areas off the coast of New South Wales and Queensland, which many conservation groups are trying to change.
Spokesman Karl Goodsell of the Byron Bay-based conservation group Positive Change for Marine Life tells SMH, “Fishermen between northern NSW and Cape York take around 78,000 to 100,000 sharks a year, some within the Great Barrier Reef and some of the species taken include … critically endangered scalloped hammerhead and the protected great white. We don’t see any point in pursuing the fisherman; it’s not their fault for doing their jobs. The problem comes from the government who allow these fisheries to exist for protected and endangered species.”
While it’s always sad to see such powerful and majestic creatures in such a state, can we all agree that this shark is fucking huge and terrifying? Seriously, this thing looks like it could’ve eaten Jaws in one bite! I think sharks are beautiful creatures but this scares me the more I look at it. I still wish it were alive, though.