100 Sharks Eating Furiously Along Shoreline Caught In Film.
More than 100 sharks engaged in furious eating on the shoreline of North Carolina was captured in video by cameraman Donnie Griggs and was uploaded on YouTube on Oct. 13 by user Brian Recker. The sharks were feasting on a school of blue fish. Seagulls and pelicans had also joined them in the eating bonanza. The video had since became viral with more than 1,000,000 views and still counting.
The beaches of the Eastern North Carolina are safe for swimming. The sighting of as many as a hundred sharks only goes to say that beach has rich ecosystem, Recker wrote in the video description.
The feeding frenzy caught in film is a unique occurrence, according to senior fisheries biologist at the state of Massachusetts, Gregory Skomal. He said that it is common for shark to feast on school of fish or baitfish, such occurrence normally happened hundreds of feet offshore. Skomal said that these sharks could get stuck in the shallow waters along the shoreline but they were obviously very hungry.
"I haven't seen sharks feeding right on the shoreline before, with shark being thrown up into the intertidal zone," he told (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141015-shark-feeding-frenzy-viral-video-bait-ball-ocean/) the National Geographic .
Skomal added that sharks do not usually come and feed together. As for this case, the sharks may have been coincidentally in the same place at the same time.
The poor resolution of the video made it difficult to identify the species of the sharks spotted. According to the Department of Environment, most sharks are predator and they normally feed at dusk while they hunt during nighttimes. As the video suggests, majority of the shark species prey on smaller fishes.
The larger species of shark, like the white shark and tiger shark feed on big marine mammals like seals, sea-lions, dolphins, turtles and sea birds. While sharks are infamous for being dangerous to the humans, they do not see humans as prey. In the cases where sharks attack humans, these maybe because the sharks had confused the humans with its usual food.
There are about 400 species of shark around the world. A total of 180 species are to be found in Australia. Seventy percent of which are believed to be endemic.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liijgHmbBzg) Watch the video from Brian Recker .
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Oct 17, 2014|
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