Cookie-cutter Shark Attack

July 3, 2011 by staff 

Cookie-cutter Shark AttackCookie-cutter Shark Attack, An article in the June issue of Pacific Science details the “first documented attack a living human by a shark cookiecutter.” Pictured above, shark teeth cookiecutter uses large fixed on the lower jaw to bite a piece of mold in the form of flesh from his victim. What could be better called “melonballer” sharks based on their modus operandi is suspected:

Scientists believe that the shark pulls her jaw cookiecutter its target, and rotates on its axis to carve a meal. However, this paper casts doubt on the theory of melon-baller, noting that the victim felt the pain of a very limited and did not see any sense suggesting that the shark was turning his mouth.

The work documents a long distance swimmer attack on Mike Spalding, who was bitten in an attempt to swim from the Big Island through Alenuihaha Maui Channel. Apparently, the first shark tried to take a snack in the swimmer’s chest, but found the loot intestine. As the swimmer was trying to board a kayak support, the best buy shark found in fleshy lower leg. Mike was quickly treated in the hospital and recovered well from the attack.

Human interactions with shark’s cookiecutter are rare, perhaps in part because they feed at night when the swimmers have left the water. However, the study authors conclude: “Human beings come into pelagic waters during dusk and at night in areas Isistius sp zoogeographical ranges must do so with full knowledge that sharks cookiecutter can be considered a human being an object of suitable prey, especially when the man nearby. Made by the lighting during periods of moonlight, or in the presence of bioluminescent organisms. ”

The shark cookiecutter is useful to science in other ways: the bite feature can be easily identified in other migratory waterfowl, helping scientists track their movement through the territories inhabited by shark’s cookiecutter.

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